St Mark must be turing in his grave with the present events in Libya. However, things are calmer elsewhere, with some notable exceptions (Syria, Yemen and Bahrain) and our pilgrims in The Holy Land and Jordan are finding things calm and peaceful. They will be able to visit the Christian communities in Nablus, Bethany and Bethlehem last week, as well as a wander in the Old City of Jerusalem, just as I did earlier in the month.
I flew with my wife and daughter to Carcassonne on Sunday. Ryanair again proved that flying to small provincial airports in France, Italy and Spain pays off. They are not everyone’s cup of tea, but treat them like a taxi with wings, don’t expect too much, buy priority boarding, take your bag on board with you, buy a sandwich before embarking, don’t feel obliged to buy a scratchcard from them and then look superprised when they arrive on time and you are the only flight arriving in Carcassonne, Pescara, Ancona, Valladolid, or wherever. Oh, and pay for it on your prepaid Virgin Mastercard to save the charges!
We have just launched two new pilgrimages for early and late Summer. The first one, a snip at £99 is for three days in Walsingham, from 27th – 29th June, where Pax will mark the 950th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition to Richeldis. Talks by the Catholic writer, Peter Stanford, author of “The Extra Mile, A 21st Century Pilgrimage”, and by Fr Norman Banks, the charismatic vicar of St Mary’s Anglican Church in Walsingham.
The second one is very exciting, and is a first for us, a pilgrimage to Ukraine, on behalf of Aid to the Church in Need. Look on our website for further details. It will fill up fast!