Pizzaballa: Pilgrimages are in Jerusalem’s DNA – Vatican News

The Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, welcomes the first group of the pilgrims to the Holy Land in over a yer and a half, since Covid-19 restrictions were put in place, and renews his invitation to return to the places of Jesus and recalled the bond between Rome and the Holy City. By Vatican News staff writer “The return of the pilgrims means for Jerusalem to breathe with two lungs again” said Archbishop Pizzaballa in an interview with Vatican radio.  After joyfully opening  the doors of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem to the faithful, priests and journalists who are in the Holy Land as the first group of the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, Archbishop Pizzaballa  renewed his invitation to come to the Holy Land. A different experience The meaning of the pilgrimage to the Holy Land “allows us to experience with our eyes”. It is always an extraordinary experience, which this first group is living in an even more special dimension of recollection: in the sacred places, in fact, there are not the usual queues to enter or the normal hubbub of tourists. It is a time of sorrow for the absence of pilgrims, the patriarch emphasizes, but also an occasion for reflection: We do not need crowds, says Archbishops Pizzaballa, explaining that this time of emptiness, after having brought so many problems to everyone and especially to the many families who live from tourism in this land, can be an opportunity for rethinking. We can try to rethink the rhythm and mode of travel to ensure that they respond better to the needs of pilgrims but also of those who make religious tourism and may be touched spiritually by the encounter with the places, with the facts of Jesus and therefore with the person of Christ. The welcome

Pizzaballa: Pilgrimages are in Jerusalem’s DNA – Vatican News

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