Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015. / Credit: L'Osservatore Romano

How to Obtain a Plenary Indulgence During the Catholic Church's 2025 Jubilee Year

May 13, 2024

The decree provides Catholics with the opportunity to gain indulgences by making pilgrimages, prayerfully visiting churches, or practicing works of mercy.

From left to right, Matthew Heidenreich, Amayrani Higueldo Sanchez, and Charlie McCullough. | National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

Meet the young Catholic pilgrims who will walk thousands of miles with the Eucharist this summer

Mar 12, 2024

These “Perpetual Pilgrims” will walk thousands of miles across the United States this summer, carrying Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

Pope Francis met young people and adults from the Diocese of Rumbek in Juba, South Sudan on Feb. 4, 2023. / Vatican Media.

Meeting Pope Francis "a dream come true" for South Sudanese Youth

Feb 11, 2023

“We thought we were just going to go and see the pope. But actually it has turned in to something life-changing for all of us who have taken part in it,” Sr. Orla Treacy said.

Archbishop Paul Yemboaro Ouédraogo (Center) addressing journalists Thursday, April 2 in Burkina Faso. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Church in Burkina Faso Set to Resume Pilgrimages Abroad amid Revised COVID-19 Protocol

Apr 23, 2022

The leadership of the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Pilgrimages and Eucharistic Congresses (CEPCE) in Burkina Faso has announced the resumption of international pilgrimages after the West African nation revised COVID-19 protocol.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, France. Célian de La Rochefoucauld via

Pilgrims Couldn’t Visit Lourdes. So a Drone Photographer Took Lourdes to Them

Feb 11, 2022

How a young French Catholic overcame the limits of the coronavirus lockdown.

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli. Credit: ACN

Religious Missionary Goes on Pilgrimage to Celebrate Freedom from Jihadists in Mali

Aug 6, 2021

Sunday, August 1 was a moment of thanksgiving for Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli who was held in captivity for over two years after he was kidnapped from Niger and released in October last year.

Holy Land. Alexander Lande/Shutterstock

Senegal’s Inter-Diocesan Entity Suspends Pilgrimage to Holy Land amid COVID-19 Challenges

Jun 16, 2021

The leadership of Senegal’s National Inter-Diocesan Committee for Catholic Pilgrimages (CINPEC) has announced the cancellation of the 2021 pilgrimage to the Holy land amid “persistence” of COVID-19 pandemic in the West African nation.

Fr. Ludovic Lado during the pilgrimage to pray for peace in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon interrupted by the police. / Fr. Ludovic Lado/Facebook Page.

Cleric in Cameroon Promises to Resume Pilgrimage “alive or dead” after Police Harassment

Oct 20, 2020

A member of the Society of Jesus (SJ) who was arrested shortly after he embarked on a 245-kilometre pilgrimage to pray for peace in Cameroon has condemned the ill-treatment he received at the hands of police.

Venerable Augustus Tolton.

Catholics Hold Pilgrimage in Honor of First African American Priest

Jul 12, 2020

 The fourth annual Quincy pilgrimage honoring Venerable Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest, took place Thursday with the intention of overcoming racism.

Logo for the Mini World Day 2020 to be held in December 2020 in Pretoria under the auspices of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Botswana, Eswatini, South Africa Approve “Mini World Youth Day” for December 2020

Feb 1, 2020

As youths around the world prepare for the next World Youth Day to be held in Portugal in 2022, Church leaders in Botswana, Eswatini, and South Africa have “approved in principle” the plan to have a Mini World Youth Day (MWYD) proposed for December 2020 in Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa.