Consolata Holy Year Pilgrimage to Italy: June 2025

Rome • Turin • Assisi • Florence

Led by Fr Daniel Kivuwa IMC12-22 June 2025

Join our special Jubilee Year 2025 pilgrimage to ITALY, with a procession in Turin on the feast of Our Lady of Consolation as a highlight. Since this is a Jubilee Year, we will be able to go through the Holy Doors of Rome’s four Major Basilicas.

The icon of Our Lady of Consolation is said to have been painted by St Luke the Evangelist. In 1104, a blind man from France, Jean Revais, was cured by Our Lady of Consolation who guided him to locate the long-lost icon. Our Lady of Consolation was crowned by papal authority in 1829. Her feast is celebrated each year on June 20, the date on which Jean regained his sight. Many Saints and other holy people have made pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation.

All are welcome to join!

Thursday, June 12, 2025
We meet at OR Tambo International in Johannesburg to depart for our journey to Italy.

Friday, June 13
After arrival in Rome we proceed to the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls where we enter through the Holy Door and visit the tomb of St Paul the Apostle, with the reputed prison chains of St Paul. We then go on the ancient Appian Way to visit the Catacombs where early Christians buried their dead and held their forbidden services to escape persecution. We then check into our hotel and have the rest of the day at our leisure. Overnight: Rome

Saturday, June 14
The day of the other three major basilicas, entering them through their Holy Doors. We visit St Peter’s Square in the Vatican and enjoy an expertly guided tour of St Peter’s Basilica, which was built on the site where St Peter was martyred. The basilica is full of tombs of saintly popes, including those St John Paul II, St John XXIII, St Pius X and St Paul VI. Of course we have a chance to view Michelangelo’s famous Pieta.
St Mary Major Basilica is dedicated to the greatest of all the saints: Our Lady. Pope Francis has a special devotion to the statue of Mary Salus Populi Romani in the basilica. It also holds the relic of the Holy Crib.
St John Lateran Basilica, which is the pope’s cathedral as Bishop of Rome, holds part of the table used at the Last Supper. Nearby we see the Holy Stairs, which are said to be those walked by Jesus at his trial before Pontius Pilate. Overnight: Rome

Sunday, June 15
Today we explore ancient and baroque Rome. We visit the Pantheon, the imposing 2nd-century structure that once was pagan temple and since 609 AD is a Catholic church, see the Colosseum and survey the Roman Forum. We visit the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and the Spanish Steps, among other great sights. At noon we attend the pope’s weekly Sunday Angelus in St Peter’s Square (subject to the Holy Father being in Rome). Overnight: Rome

Monday, June 16
After a leisurely breakfast, we wrap up our programme in Rome, and proceed to Assisi, the town St Francis and St Clare. Overnight: Assisi

Tuesday, June 17
Today we explore Assisi, the town of St Francis of Assisi and his companion St Clare. The 13th-century Basilica of St Francis contains the tomb of Francis as well of famous Franciscans such as St Bonaventure and St Rufino. Also see Giotto’s beautiful frescoes of St Francis’ life. St Clare Basilica, also from the 13th century, houses the relics of St Clare of Assisi, original robes that belonged to her and St Francis, as well as the miraculous crucifix that spoke to Francis.
In the afternoon, we visit the Eremo delle Carceri. In the caves on the slope of Mount Subasio just outside the walls of Assisi, St Francis and his followers established their first home at the Carceri Hermitage. He often returned here during his life to pray. At San Damiano Convent St Francis first received his miraculous calling in 1205. St Clare died there in 1253 — it is an important stop on our pilgrimage to the Franciscan holy city.
The Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli (Mary of the Angels), just outside Assisi, is the place where St Francis’ ministry really began and where he died. Inside the grand Baroque basilica is the Porziuncola, the tiny church in the meadows which St Francis was called to renovate. A few metres away is the Capella del Transit, the place where St Francis died on October 3, 1226. Overnight: Assisi

Wednesday, June 18
After breakfast we depart for Florence, driving through the beautiful countryside of Umbria and Tuscany. In the great city of Florence, we see the famous Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore (commonly known as the Duomo), the cathedral of Florence with its great representation of Tuscan Gothic architecture. The Basilica of Santa Croce (Holy Cross Basilica), the largest and most beautiful of all Italian Franciscan churches, contains the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, the composer Rossini, among others.
We will cross the famous 14th-century Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) with its array of shops, and see an original-size replica of Michelangelo’s David amid many original sculptures in the majestic Piazza della Signoria. On a hillside stop we overlook across the Arno river to enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful red-tiled roof cityscape. Overnight: Florence

Thursday, June 19
Today we make our way to the northern city of Turin, taking the coastal highway. We make a stop in Pisa to view the famous Leaning Tower in the Piazza dei Miracoli, as well as the Baptistry and Duomo. We have some free time for lunch. On arrival in Turin, we check into our hotel and have time at leisure. Overnight: Turin

Friday, June 20
Today is our big day in Turin: the Feast of Our Lady of Consolation. At the basilica sanctuary of the Madonna della Consolata, we participate in the annual feast day procession, a moment that will be unforgettable for us. We also have a tour of Turin’s sacred sites, such as the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, where the Shroud of Turin is kept, and sites associated with the great Saint Don Bosco and Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati, who may be canonised during the Holy Year. Overnight: Turin

Saturday, June 21
In the morning we leave Turin and drive to Milan. Time permitting, we have a tour of the great city, with a stop at the famous Cathedral of the Nativity of St Mary, which is known all over the world simply as the Duomo. After some time at leisure, we proceed to the airport to make our way home.

Sunday, June 22
We arrive in Johannesburg in the morning, tired but fortified by our holy journey which brought us in contact with great saints and places of faith, and especially Our Blessed Mother.

Breakfasts and Dinners included. Daily Masses in holy churches!

Projected price: R65,320 (sharing, ex-Jhb; subject to currency, airport tax fluctuations. Calculated on 25+ passengers, at R20,23 to the euro)

Includes: All flights ex-Johannesburg (incl. airport taxes), accommodation in 3/4-star hotels or better (sharing) with breakfast and dinner, transfers, travel insurance, travelling on air-conditioned luxury buses, English-speaking tour guides, entrance fees as per itinerary

Excludes: Tips (for guides/drivers), hotel taxes, visa (Schengen), personal expenses, travel to and from O.R. Tambo Airport/Jhb.

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