Thursday, March 01, 2018 - Updated: 11:05 am
The Eternal Word Television Network has shown interest in the Pittsburgh Catholic pilgrimage being led July 3-13 by Bishop David Zubik to Scotland and England.
The network recently approached Belinda Held, a representative of tour operator Unitours, about recording some of the group’s activities July 8 in Walsingham, which is a popular pilgrimage site for Catholics and Anglicans. EWTN has a new broadcast center in Walsingham, the site of a Marian apparition in 1061.
A noblewoman, Richeldis de Faverches, received a vision of the Virgin Mary asking her to build a Holy House in Walsingham to honor the Annunciation. The Pittsburgh group plans to celebrate Mass and visit the Catholic and Anglican chapels, which are hubs for prayer and pilgrimage.
Bishop Zubik has extended an invitation to the faithful to “come and experience the rich spiritual and cultural histories offered by both countries.”
“Our itinerary is full of many highlights, including visits to Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Holy Island, Durham, York, Walsingham, Cambridge, London, Canterbury and Dover,” he said.
“I look forward to our time together in England and Scotland, where we will encounter our faith in a whole new light.”
The itinerary for the pilgrimage features sites that will appeal to a wide range of people, including:
• Edinburgh, Scotland, visiting Holyrood Palace, former home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Rosslyn Chapel, which was made famous in “The DaVinci Code.”
• The ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral, which fell into disrepair after Catholic Masses were outlawed during the 16th-century Scottish Reformation. The pilgrims will walk through the university grounds, where Prince William and Kate Middleton met as students.
• Lindisfarne Priory on the Holy Island, which is accessed by a causeway during low tides.
• Durham Castle and the Cathedral Church of Christ, a fine example of Norman architecture. St. Cuthbert’s stole, maniple and pectoral cross can be seen in the cathedral library.
• Westminster Cathedral in London, the seat of the cardinal archbishop of Westminster and the Catholic mother church in England. There will be a driving tour of London, viewing the Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, the Marble Arch and St. Paul Cathedral.
• Ye Olde Mitre Tavern, a pub in London featured in Charles Dickens’s novel “David Copperfield” and in William Shakespeare’s “Richard III.” The group will stroll down to Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing St., home of the British prime minster.
• Canterbury Cathedral, which was founded in 597 and where St. Thomas A Becket was martyred.
Following morning Mass at the Church of the English Martyrs, the pilgrimage’s final full day will allow group members to tour favorite spots on their own.
Overnight stays are planned in Edinburgh, Durham, York, Cambridgeshire and London.
The pilgrimage includes round-trip airfare; breakfasts and dinners (except the final day in London); hotel accommodations; air-conditioned motor coach; and full-time tour manager. The itinerary is subject to change.
A pre-departure meeting for United Kingdom pilgrims is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16.
For information or to book a seat, call Marianna Pisano at 800-777-7432 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. View a detailed brochure at http://bit.ly/UKpilgrimage.