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The Best Way to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Mark Barger Elliott | Posted 03.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Barger Elliott

But who was Patrick? How would he feel about his name now framing a day where no one wants to be the designated driver and we all pretend to be Irish? Last spring I went on a quest to find out and traveled to the Emerald Isle to walk in the saint's footsteps.

Cello on His Back, Dane Johansen Treks Across Spain, Performing Bach Along the Way

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 01.30.2015 | Arts
Alaska Dispatch News

Last summer, cellist Dane Johansen hiked 580 miles across the northern rim of Spain. His plan was to record the Bach Cello Suites in the churches that line the ancient pilgrimage route known as the Camino de Santiago and turn the experience into a documentary.

The New Allure Of Sacred Pilgrimages

The New York Times | Bruce Feiler | Posted 12.22.2014 | World

ARMY Staff Sgt. Juan Roldan was on patrol in Baghdad in 2006, when a warhead struck his vehicle, killing two colleagues. Sergeant Roldan suffered a bl...

Chicago Travel Agent Cheated Muslim Pilgrims Over Hajj Trips, Feds Say

The Associated Press | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago travel agent is accused of cheating more than 50 Muslim pilgrims by selling them package trips to Mecca without the require...

Dozens Of Mexican Clowns Make A Religious Pilgrimage

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion

Dozens of professional clowns took the streets of Mexico City on Tuesday to express devotion for their country’s patron saint, the Lady of Guadalupe...

The Timeless Allure Of The Pilgrimage To India

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 12.08.2014 | World

Every country has its particular draws for travelers, from history and thrilling scenery to opportunities to step outside comfort zones and be immerse...

A Pilgrimage to the Brahmagiri Mountain

Alka Pratap | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Alka Pratap

The significance of this mountain lies more in its religious significance. Brahmagiri is located only a few kilometers from Triambakeshwar, the source of the river Godavari, one of the major river systems of South India.

Varanasi: Elation, Stimulation, Confusion!

Alka Pratap | Posted 01.24.2015 | Travel
Alka Pratap

The heady aroma of incense is contrasted by the stench of garbage, the cobblestone pathways are coated red with paan, and the chant of a sanyasi is interposed by the groan of a passing buffalo. That's Varanasi in a nutshell for you.

An American Pilgrimage: The Normandy Beaches

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 01.13.2015 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

Rarely, can a traveler today still touch history on such a personal level. Walking the beaches, seeing the towns and even touching the infamous impenetrable hedgerows takes you back 70 years.

Kailash Mansarovar: The Ultimate Pilgrimage

Alka Pratap | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion
Alka Pratap

Pilgrimages have always been a big part of every culture's spiritual ethos. As a Hindu, perhaps one of the most important pilgrimages to make would be the one to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar in the Himalayas.

Hajj 2015: Year of Development

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Mehrunisa Qayyum

In scrolling through these pictures, opportunities for development mean avoiding logistical nightmares and health epidemics.

How An Illinois Mom Converted To Islam And Found Peace And Joy During Her Very First Hajj

Huffington Post | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion

Kristin Szremski is a 53-year-old mom from Palo Hills, Illinois. Born into a Missouri-Synod Lutheran family, she first converted to Catholicism before...

How The Saudis Have Changed Mecca

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric...

The New York of the Middle Ages

Michael Schuermann | Posted 08.26.2014 | Travel
Michael Schuermann

The most impressive of these hilltop towns is San Gimignano, best approached on foot so you can take it in gradually and understand why some people call it the "New York of the Middle Ages."

What It's Really Like 'Walking The Camino'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion

"500 miles on foot. Bunk-beds. Blisters. Stunning landscapes. World-class snorers. Hot searing sun, freezing cold rain. Kindness from strangers. Debil...

The Walk to Fisterra - a Cellist's Journey

Dane Johansen | Posted 07.09.2014 | Arts
Dane Johansen

Beginning in May, I will walk nearly 600 miles on the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route beginning in France and crossing Spain to the Atlantic Ocean. I will carry my cello, performing and recording Bach's Suites in ancient churches along the way.

Popular Pastor Tragically Drowns During Religious Pilgrimage

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion

The body of Reverend Bob Thorn, a popular pastor in Burton Bradstock, Dorset, U.K., was found on Monday after a search of several hours, reports the B...

Mountains of Stories

Augusta Thomson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Augusta Thomson

What if we chose not only to recognize the power of storytelling, but to genuinely value all stories -- anecdotes, objects, memories, causes, narratives, critiques, impressions, the little things we so often overlook?

How Pilgrimage Teaches Us About Lent

Brett Webb-Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Brett Webb-Mitchell

By walking, we learn what it literally means to walk in the footsteps of those who know the trail better than we do.

13 Healing Pilgrimages

Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion

Millions of people each year embark on spiritual pilgrimages around the world , to deepen their faith and gain wisdom. The following 13 pilgrimag...

Who Is Jesus?

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Who is Jesus? Why another book on this first-century Jewish man? Why have I spent years studying the life of an itinerant preacher from a backward town?

Ten Things I Learned From Hitch-hiking Around Ireland

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 03.14.2014 | Travel
Ruairí McKiernan

During July 2013 I hitch-hiked around Ireland, recording people's voices and visions for the country, on what I called the 'hitching for hope' listeni...

10 Lessons I Learned From Bicycling Across USA

Zilong Wang | Posted 02.22.2014 | Travel
Zilong Wang

Beforehand, I was asking, "Would I need this item?" (The answer is usually yes.) Now, with limited space, I ask, "Can I survive without this item?" (The answer is usually yes, also.)

Preventing Gun Violence a Year After Newtown

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

A group of thoughtful clergy is taking it upon themselves not just to talk the talk, hold the hands, and hug the grieving, but to walk the walk -- and in this case take the flight and try new approaches to preventing gun violence.

Does the Hajj Radicalize Muslims? You Might Be Surprised By the Answer

Erol Yayboke | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Erol Yayboke

Research shows that increased religious orthodoxy does not automatically translate into extremism and violence.