Vatican recommends a Pilgrimage for the "Year of Faith" Oct 11, 2012 – Nov 24, 2013
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
Praying at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem, Israel
Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith beginning on October 11, 2012, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Vatican II Council, and conclude on November 24, 2013.
On January 12, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a note with recommendations for the Year of Faith and at the top of the list they recommend a pilgrimage, "of the faithful to the See of Peterto the Holy Land, the place which first saw the presence of Jesus, the Savior, and Mary, His Mother." Year of Faith is an occasion for the faithful to understand more profoundly the foundation of the Christian faith.
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Placing a prayer at the Western (Wailing) Wall
Come with 206 Tours to The Holy Land, to draw closer to Jesus of Nazareth, and to follow in His footsteps where the Scriptures will come alive as you visit Our Lord's homeland. Or, if you have already done Holy Land consider joining any one of our other 500 pilgrimages. You will pray, reflect, renew and affirm your faith. You will also be inspired by the natural beauty of the landscapes, in addition to learning about the saints and rich heritage. On a pilgrimage you will encounter that which has changed the lives of so many pilgrims, an act of faith and prayer. If you want to be a Saint, or if you want to be a holier person, than pilgrimage is for you. We at 206 Tours believe that a Pilgrimage is a personal invitation from God, comprised of His offer and dependent upon our acceptance. God's call may vary but the purpose remains consistent: It is an individual summons to know God more fully. A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey to which the pilgrim joyfully responds "yes" to God's invitation.
During the Year of the Faith, let us all respond to God’s invitation and to Pope’s Benedict XVI’s recommendation by joining a pilgrimage!
The blessings of the pilgrimage and our encounters with the Lord, Our Lady, the saints are certain to strengthen us throughout life.
May God bless and reward you for all the support and for the efforts you undertake.