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A world map of Virgin Mary apparitions

For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too. None The divine is supernatural, but religion is very much of this world. The way people worship even has an impact on their physical surroundings. Here's a telltale sign that y...
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A world map of Marian apparitions

For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too. None The divine is supernatural, but religion is very much of this world. The way people worship even has an impact on their physical surroundings. Here's a telltale sign that y...
Tags: Europe, Mexico, France, Germany, Nazis, Africa, Israel, Church, Religion, Americas, Jerusalem, Eu, Spain, European Union, Ukraine, Rome


My Top 11 Hostels in Budapest in 2019

Updated: 1/9/2019 | January 9th, 2019 Budapest has become one of the premier backpacker destinations in Europe. Over the last five years, Budapest has gone from popular to uber-popular spot with hundreds of accommodations popping up and ever increasing crowds. Over 3 million people visited the city last year! For backpackers, the combination of a party scene, ruin bars (which are awesome), lots of sights, and cheap prices makes it irresistible to visit. For a small city, all the crowds (don’t...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Netflix, Budapest, Hungary, Hostelworld, Peter, Don, St Stephen, Basilica, Cecilia, NomadicMatt, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Vitae Hostel, Retox Party Hostel Retox, Retox Party Hostel


Venice will now start charging tourists an entrance fee

If a romantic gondola ride in Venice is on your bucket list for 2019, it will cost you slightly more for the experience now the Italian city has introduced a new 'tax' on tourists.The new charge - known as contributo di sbarco or disembarkation contribution - was announced in a tweet by the city's mayor Luigi Brugnaro at the end of December with the words: "Now the landing contribution to #Venezia is law!"Venice already charges tourists for staying overnight in its hotels - which brought in $38....
Tags: Travel, Europe, Economics, Spain, Tourism, Italy, Innovation, Urban Planning, Venice, Florence, Balearic Islands, World Economic Forum, Basilica, VENEZIA, Rialto Bridge, Piazza San Marco


Autumn weekend in Cracow – what is worth seeing

Autumn is a great time for travelling and seeing some monumental cities. One of the most beautiful and endlessly vibrant places in Europe is Cracow. In this city, not only can you see a lot of monuments but also have some great fun. You can start you journey through the city with the walk from the Florianska Street directing to the Old Market Square. There is the historical Kraków Cloth Hall, St. Mary’s Basilica and the underground museum. The underground museum joins history and the most mode...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Poland, Travel Blog, Krakow, Basilica, St Mary, Cracow, Kazimierz, Vistula River, Wawel, Wawel Hill, Jan Matejko, Florianska Street, Kraków Cloth Hall St Mary, Cracow St Mary


Remember the poor and shun materialism, pope says on Christmas Eve

Pope Francis led a Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, saying Jesus, born in poverty in a stable, should make everyone, particularly those who have become "greedy and voracious," reflect on the real meaning of life. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
Tags: News, Pope Francis, Jesus, Peter, Basilica


Pope urges more 'sharing and giving' in Christmas mass

Pope Francis on Monday assailed the "insatiable greed" of today's consumerism, calling on people in his Christmas homily to make "sharing and giving" more a part of their lives. "Mankind became greedy and voracious," the leader of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics said in an address to thousands of followers in Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. "In our day, for many people, life’s meaning is found in possessing, in having an excess of material objects," he said.
Tags: News, Rome, Pope Francis, Pope, Peter, Mankind, Basilica


My Top 11 Hostels in Budapest

Posted: 12/24/2018 | December 24th, 2018 Budapest has become one of the premier backpacker destinations in Europe. Over the last five years, Budapest has gone from popular to uber-popular spot with hundreds of accommodations popping up and ever increasing crowds. Over 3 million people visited the city last year! For backpackers, the combination of a party scene, ruin bars (which are awesome), lots of sights, and cheap prices makes it irresistible to visit. For a small city, all the crowds (do...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Netflix, Budapest, Hungary, Hostelworld, Peter, Don, St Stephen, Basilica, Cecilia, NomadicMatt, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Vitae Hostel, Retox Party Hostel Retox, Retox Party Hostel


Pope celebrates Christmas at home as deputy presides in Iraq

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is ushering in Christmas with a late-night Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, while his deputy is traveling to Iraq to celebrate with the country’s long-suffering Christians. The Mass on Christmas Eve is one of the highlights of the Vatican’s liturgical year. Monday’s service starts a busy week for Francis. […]
Tags: News, Iraq, Ap, World, Pope Francis, Vatican, Pope, Vatican City, Francis, Peter, Basilica, Nation & World


5 Religious Buildings You Should Visit Around the World

It is no secret that, around the world, there is an abundance of stunning architectural brilliance that attracts hundreds and thousands of tourists every year. Some even see tourists flock in their millions just to capture a glimpse of the world-famous buildings. Religion and architecture have long gone hand in hand, with beautiful places of worship erected over the years that still inspire visitors to this day. Here, we look at five religious buildings that simply must be on your bucket list. S...
Tags: Travel, Barcelona, Vatican, Vatican City, Travel Blog, Taj Mahal, Agra India, Basilica, St Peter, Amritsar India, Golden Temple, Old City of Jerusalem, La Sagrada Familia, Shah Jahan, Religious Travel, Masjid Al Aqsa


New Year’s Eve: 10 last-minute city breaks in Europe

Ditch Auld Lang Syne and greet 2019 in a new setting: concerts and walks in Madeira, markets in Vienna, skating in Budapest … and fireworks everywhereWhy go Hungary’s capital sparkles in winter and likes to party, so it’s a great place to see in the new year. There’s festive cheer on tap, with fairylight-strewn streets, chestnut sellers and ice-skating in City Park (the largest rink in Europe), to a backdrop of Vajdahunyad Castle. The Christmas markets on Vorosmarty Square and at the Basilica ru...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Christmas, Life and style, Danube, Vienna, Budapest, Hungary, City Breaks, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Spa Breaks, Europe Holidays, Christmas And New Year Holidays, MADEIRA, Basilica


Watch Courtney Love & Melissa Auf Der Maur Perform Hole Songs In Hudson

Former Hole bassist and Basilica Hudson co-founder Melissa Auf der Maur told us about Basilica's Courtney Love tribute event when we spoke to her back in September. "It’s the 20th anniversary of when I left Hole, when we put out our last record. Next year is the 25th anniversary of Live … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Courtney Love, Hole, Michael Stipe, Hudson, Basilica, Basilica Hudson, Melissa Auf der Maur


The 5 best viewpoints in Quito

Sitting at nearly 9,350 feet above sea level, Quito, Ecuador, is the second highest capital in the world after La Paz, Bolivia. Quito sits right in the Andes mountain range and is encircled by a ring of volcanoes. If you’re willing to take few steep hikes and breathless journeys, the combination of altitude and surrounding natural beauty makes for amazing vantage points within the city. Here are the five best places to take in the sights of Quito. 1. Basílica del Voto Nacional Photo: Shere...
Tags: Travel, Travel Planning, Rio De Janeiro, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, San Juan, Old Town, Quito, Cotopaxi, Gary, Andes, Basilica, Virgin Mary, Quito Ecuador, La Virgen, Ecuador lookouts


Lion statue standing guard at Venice’s San Marco vandalized

ROME (AP) — One of the two stone lions that stand guard next to Venice’s famed St. Mark’s Basilica has been splashed with red paint. Residents raised the alarm Saturday after noticing the paint on the eyes and mane of the red marble “leoncino” statue, located on a small piazza next to the basilica. The […]
Tags: News, Rome, Venice, San Marco, Basilica, Nation & World


Equilibrio: LINDA KARSHAN - "Art, Architecture and Sacred Geometry in Conversation" at the Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice

From Equilibrio by Linda Karshan - Choir of San Giorgio Maggiore - Photo Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) If you title an exhibition, Equilibrio, with a subtitle of Art, Architecture and Sacred Geometry in Conversation, and the venue is the Benedictine Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, designed by Palladio, you will be sure to catch my attention. It was not what I expected. American artist Linda Karshan says that she is "after the most perfect line," and that she feels like the Vitruvian Man. T...
Tags: Travel, London, Minnesota, Connecticut, Italy, Venice, Peter, Basilica, Abbey, Linda, Giotto, Davey, Brescia, San Giorgio Maggiore, Equilibrio, Sorbonne


Equilibrio: LINDA KARSHAN - Art, Architecture and Sacred Geometry in Conversation at the Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice

From Equilibrio by Linda Karshan - Choir of San Giorgio Maggiore - Photo Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) If you title an exhibition, Equilibrio, with a subtitle of Art, Architecture and Sacred Geometry in Conversation, and the venue is the Benedictine Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, designed by Palladio, you will be sure to catch my attention. It was not what I expected. American artist Linda Karshan says that she is "after the most perfect line," and that she feels like the Vitruvian Man. T...
Tags: Travel, London, Minnesota, Connecticut, Italy, Venice, Peter, Basilica, Abbey, Linda, Giotto, Davey, Brescia, San Giorgio Maggiore, Equilibrio, Sorbonne


Venice Insider Tip: How to "Skip the Line" on Ferragosto and the Feast of the Assumption

Pala d'Oro - Photo: Cat Bauer (taken with permission) (Venice, Italy) There is usually a long, winding line of hundreds of tourists waiting to get into the Basilica of San Marco in Piazza San Marco. The wait -- about 45 minutes -- is much longer than the visit -- about ten minutes (as part of a shuffling horde) if you don't pay to "skip the line," or pay for a guide.However -- to focus on reality -- St. Mark's Basilica is one of the most magnificent places of worship on the planet. Attend...
Tags: Travel, Diana, Venice, Sin City, Vivaldi, San Marco, Venice Italy, Bauer, Basilica, Virgin Mary, Augustus, Piazza San Marco, Ferragosto, Monteverdi, Pala, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog


Unexpectedly Alive

(“The Marys at Tomb”, mosaic in Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo.  Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons .)   Daily Office Readings for Friday, August 3, 2018:   AM Psalm 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 ; PM Psalm 73 Judges 5:1-18 ; Acts 2:1-21 ; Matt. 28:1-10   After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back th...
Tags: Religion, Missouri, Jesus, Mary, Matt, Basilica, Mary Magdalene, Galilee, Boomer, Barbara Brown Taylor, Sant, Speaking to the Soul, Maria Evans, Kirksville MO, Community of St Brigid


Mellowing in Italy Assisi Saturday 2007 May 19

I am sitting in the shade at the grand Santa Maria degli Angeli 4 or 5 km depending on the sign downhill from Assisi. Inside the Basilica is the church where St. Francis bestowed the cowl on St. Cl
Tags: Travel, Basilica, St Francis, Santa Maria, Assisi, Angeli, Italy Assisi


The Wedding Day

   Chelsea and Martin were married at the Basilica in Saint-Maximin. A picture perfect Provencal day greeted us.  I decided not to take any photos of my daughter and my new son Martin's wedding day, instead, I had Sophie (Chelsea's friend) film it LIVE on Facebook. I have not found the words to describe our experience.   The bride. Thank you for sharing our joy and for being happy for us! The last few days have been some of the best days of our lives. I will write and share more, but...
Tags: Travel, Chelsea, Martin, Basilica, Tongue in Cheek, Saint Maximin, Sophie Chelsea


The Beauty of the Soul

Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. –Rom 1:20 We learn and come to know what is invisible through our senses. We know the invisible through the visible. God, Who is invisible, immaterial, and hidden from our senses, reveals something of Himself in creation. In Thomistic terms, we say a cause can be known through its effects, albeit in a limited way. Something spectacular ab...
Tags: Featured, Religion, Catholic, Basilica, Chauvet, Faith & Spirituality, Dominicana, Coulomb, Salesian, Thomistic, Our Lady of Good Air Buenos Aires, Ernesto Vespignani


Sts. Peter and Paul were the key pillars of the...

Sts. Peter and Paul were the key pillars of the Church who moved the Church to become the universal Church that it is today. Both died as martyrs in Rome in witness to their faith in Jesus about thirty years after the death of Jesus: Peter crucified head down where the St. Peter’s Basilica stands; Paul martyred by the sword and beheaded where St. Paul’s Basilica outside the Walls stands. There is no certainty that their remains are indeed buried under the said basilicas. In the Gospel accounts, ...
Tags: Israel, Church, Religion, Rome, Jesus, Christ, Peter, St Paul, PAUL, Basilica, St Peter, Saul, Sts Peter, Church the Church, Homily of the Day, Stephen Struck


Small towns in the South to visit

The American South is home to incredible cities like New Orleans, Atlanta, Charleston, and Nashville. But some of the greatest gems can be found in charming small towns throughout the region, where the heritage, music, food, architecture, and famous southern hospitality of this beautiful, complicated, and often misunderstood region of the United States can truly be experienced. In these towns and small cities, visitors will find accents and sometimes languages that have faded from larger citie...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, America, United States, Dolly Parton, Oxford, Delta, Carrie Underwood, New Orleans, Elvis Presley, Nashville, Lafayette, Louisiana, Gulf Coast


3 Days 2 Nights Itinerary for Madrid in Summer

Madrid is one of the liveliest cities of Europe that welcomes millions of tourists every year. This vibrant cosmopolitan city is home to world-class palaces, unique museums, historical cathedrals, art galleries and much more. In addition to the breathtaking attractions, Madrid also offers scrumptious food and delicious wine to the visitors. In only 3 days, you can explore the major highlights of Madrid and you can also enjoy food and wine tours. I’m going to mention perfect 3 days itinerary for ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Spain, Royal Family, Madrid, Passportchop, Travel Articles, Retiro Park, Basilica, Prado Museum, Francisco Goya, Royal Palace, MADRID Madrid, Carlos III, Museo Nacional del Prado, Gran Via Paseo del Prado Salamanca


Snow prompts cancellation of Martin Luther King anniversary event at Basilica

The religious service will be rescheduled in the coming weeks. [Author: Jean Hopfensperger]
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Pope in Easter Vigil to Baptize Nigerian Migrant-Hero

Pope Francis is celebrating the solemn Easter Vigil service in St. Peter's Basilica, during which he will baptize eight adults into the Catholic faith including a Nigerian migrant-turned-hero.
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Venice: How to avoid the crowds at the city’s main attractions

When people think of Venice, the first three things that usually come to mind are water, gondolas, and crowds! Venice is a year-round city, with tourists filling the streets 365 days a year (and particularly during the summer). An obvious way to skip the crowds is to visit Venice during the winter when rain and fog deter most tourists.  If you can’t plan your trip during the off-season, try to visit during the week. A third — and particularly helpful — tip for avoiding the crowds in Venice is to...
Tags: Travel, Best, Museums, Italy, Venice, Sightseeing, Avoiding Crowds, Dailycheapo, Practical Info, Basilica, Rialto-bridge, Palazzo, Republic of Venice, Palazzo Ducale, Planning for Venice, Accademia


R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – Bring It On Your Travels

So, you think you have everything you need before your big trip? New suitcase – check! Plenty of sun cream – check! Passport and other travel documents – check? Respect – wait, what? You might not realize it, but respect is one of the most important things that you need to take with you whenever you go on vacation, no matter where you are going. This is especially the case if you are going to be in a country that has a remarkably different culture to your own. There will be certain customs a...
Tags: Travel, Fashion, Rome, Vatican, Vacation, Getaway, Basilica, St Peter, Sistine Chapel, Vacations & Getaways, St. Peter's Basilica


Pope Francis laments wars, injustices that ‘ruined’ 2017

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Bidding 2017 farewell, Pope Francis on Sunday decried wars, injustices, social and environmental degradation and other man-made ills which he said spoiled the year. Francis presided at a New Year’s Eve prayer service in St. Peter’s Basilica, a traditional occasion to say thanks in each year’s last hours. In his homily, […]
Tags: News, Ap, Pope Francis, Vatican City, Francis, Basilica, St Peter, Nation & World


Pope Francis uses Christmas message to call for two-state solution as Guatemala recognises Jerusalem

Pope Francis has used his Christmas message to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, hours after Guatemala announced that it was becoming the first country to follow President Donald Trump’s lead and recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Mr Trump’s December 6 declaration – overwhelmingly condemned at the United Nations general assembly last week – has sparked clashes that have left at least 12 Palestinians dead. On Christmas Eve Jimmy Morales, ...
Tags: News, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Czech Republic, Britain, Pope Francis, Middle East, West Bank, Bangladesh, Un, Myanmar, Venezuela, Jesus, East Jerusalem