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"Places of pilgrimage tend to be very commercialised these days. This is bound to reduce the value of a pilgrimage for a Christian." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have considered more than one point of view.

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Nicola Kellie: 4089 St Joseph's Horwich Skill AO3 "Places of pilgrimage tend to be very commercialised these days. This is bound to reduce the value of a pilgrimage for a Christian." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have considered more than one point of view. These days pilgrimage can tend to be very commercialised but there are good and bad points to commercialism. The first thing that is commercialised a lot are the gifts and shops. The gifts can be very highly overpriced, but, pilgrims want to buy souvenirs so they are willing to pay the price asked for them. Often if the gifts are cheap they are poor quality, this is so the company's making the products can produce them in large quantities. Some gifts are that of very bad taste, for example, an ashtray with Our Lady's face in the centre of it or a lighter with a picture of Jesus on the cross on it. ...read more.

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They especially take advantage of the disabled. The prices are very high at pilgrimage centres due to the ready market. The hotels charge high prices because they know that people need to sleep somewhere. The bars and cafes near the religious sites are also very expensive because people need to eat and drink. On the other hand, Pilgrims are able camp at campsites near to the domain at a cheaper price, although this would be difficult for a disabled person. There is also a large place called Cite Secours, here you pay what you can afford and you can sleep there. Charities such as Hosanna House and HCPT will subsidise the sick and disabled. They raise the money through funds and sponsored events. As for food, pilgrims are able to go to the shop and buy their own food to make meals such as picnics; this is a lot cheaper than eating in restaurants. ...read more.

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Commercialism also stops pilgrims from wanting to return. But, people go on pilgrimage for various reasons, spiritual, not commercial reasons. Holy sites are kept free from commercialism, and prayer and worship services still take place. Most pilgrims do return to the place of worship. To conclude my essay I must state that I believe that commercialism does make a difference to a pilgrimage but I don't believe that this could be stopped. Commercialism can be wrong in a place of pilgrimage but not all of the time. I don't think I would go on a pilgrimage, but, if I did I don't think commercialism would really effect me because it would be very similar to going on holiday somewhere else and there being lots of souvenir/gift shops, hotels and restaurants. I do agree that the value of a pilgrimage is reduced because of commercialism but I also agree that the value isn't reduced. This is because although people are spending a lot of money their social awareness is increased. ...read more.

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