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What is involved in a pilgrimage? Illustrate the differing approaches to pilgrimage by referring to two or more places of pilgrimage.

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Question 1 What is involved in a pilgrimage? Illustrate the differing approaches to pilgrimage by referring to two or more places of pilgrimage. A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey on which people go to become closer to God. Some places became places of pilgrimage because supernatural manifestations may have taken place there. Other places of pilgrimage developed as a result of the growing sense of community within its people. Those who go on a pilgrimage are called pilgrims. Pilgrimages began when Saint Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, claimed to have discovered the cross of Jesus Christ. The word spread, and those who believed in what they heard, went on a journey to find the cross. Lourdes is a place of pilgrimage in the south of France, and many people travel there each year. ...read more.

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The present basilica consists of three chapels, erected one on top of the other. These apparitions and the spring motivated many people to travel to Lourdes, especially Christians, and it therefore became a well-known place of pilgrimage. People visit Lourdes for many reasons. Some people visit Lourdes to be healed or cured. Others seek spiritual growth and solace. If you mention the word Lourdes to somebody, they immediately think of miraculous cures. Their family or friends take many disabled people to visit Lourdes in the search for a cure from the spring water. This is often seen as an act of selflessness from those who are assisting these people, Many elderly or dying people go on a pilgrimage to Lourdes in order seek God in the forthcoming spiritual journey that is the afterlife. Other non-religious people sometimes go to Lourdes to explore the faith of Christians, or as a general holiday. Taiz� is another place of pilgrimage. ...read more.

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'By it's very existence, Taiz� is a concrete sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and separated peoples.' People go on pilgrimage to Taiz� it is a life of simplicity based on the values of a community. A week in Taiz� is a good way of realising the intimate communion with God, in prayer and personal reflection on one hand, and solidarity among peoples on the other. Each person is invited after their visit to Taiz�, to live out in their own situation what they have understood, with greater awareness of the inner life within them as well as of their bonds with many others who are involved in a similar search for what really matters. Taiz� and Lourdes do have one major difference. Lourdes is a place of pilgrimage based on the Bernadette's visions of the Immaculate Conception. Taiz�, however, is based on the community founded solely by a man who wanted to create an ideal society of simplicity and kind-heartedness. Daniel Burgess R.E Coursework ...read more.

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