Fr Brian Mhlanga OP • 17 - 26 March 2018 • Only R29,610 • Join FR BRIAN MHLANGA OP of RADIO VERITAS on this unforgettable Lenten pilgrimage dedicated to the...
Fr Brian Mhlanga OP • 1-10 October 2017 • Fatima • Avila • Lisbon • Madrid • Coimbra and more
The Radio Veritas/Southern Cross Pilgrimage to Portugal and Spain will honour the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition to three shepherd children at and around Fátima. This very special pilgrimage will include other places of Catholic interest in Portugal, and in Spain focus on one of the greatest of our saints: St Teresa of Ávila. We will end our journey in one of the great cities of the world: Madrid.
Sunday, October 1:
We meet at Johannesburg International Airport to depart on our flight to Lisbon.
Monday, October 2:
After arrival in Lisbon we enjoy a panoramic tour of Portugal’s historic capital city, stopping off at some places of interest. We visit the Santo António Church, which marks the birthplace of the saint known locally as St Anthony of Lisbon and internationally as St Anthony of Padua. Overnight: Lisbon
Tuesday, October 3:
After breakfast we leave for Santarém, where the church the 16th-century Santissimo Milagre Church marks the site of a Eucharistic Miracle, which can be seen above the altar.
We then proceed to Fátima, the small town where in 1917 Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children – Lucia Santos and her two cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto – on six occasions. The Fátima’s Centenary Celebrations will begin on 13 May 2017 and continue into October. So we will be part of that momentous occasion. In the evening we take part in the Candlelight Procession which brings together Catholics from all over the world. Overnight: Fátima
Wednesday, October 4:
Today we explore Fátima and surroundings. We visit the well-preserved homes of the three children in the nearby village of Aljustrel, and see the wall against which the famous photo of the three was taken. We also see Valinhos, where Our Lady appeared in August 1917, and the spot where the angel had appeared to the children in 1916 to prepare them for Our Lady’s coming.
In the Sanctuary of Fátima we can pray at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions and light candles in the adjacent enclosure. We visit the Basilica of Fátima, which contains the tombs of the three children (two of whom died before adulthood), and have time to pray in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel. In the evening we can again take part in the candlelight procession during which the Rosary is recited in different languages. Overnight: Fátima
Thursday, October 5:
After breakfast in our hotel we leave Fátima and drive to the picturesque city of Coimbra, the site of one of Europe’s oldest universities, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here our local expert guide will show us places such as the Old Cathedral, from 1290, and the New Cathedral, built in 1580 as a Jesuit church, and other historical sites. We then leave Portugal and cross the border into Spain, where we spend the night in the lively and historic centre of the city of Salamanca. Overnight: Salamanca
Friday, October 6:
After breakfast we proceed to the nearby town of Alba de Tormes, where St Teresa of Ávila died in 1582. In the church of the Annunciation Convent we can see St Teresa’s tomb. The saint had fallen ill while visiting the convent and asked for her bed to be placed above the altar so that she would not miss the celebration of the Eucharist. This is now her final resting place. In the convent museum we can see relics of St Teresa, including her heart, as well as relics of her fellow Carmelite St John of the Cross. We then drive to her hometown, Ávila. Overnight: Ávila
Saturday, October 7:
Today we explore Ávila, the “City of Stones and Saints”, and follow in the steps of the town’s two great Doctors of the Church, Saints Teresa and John of the Cross, including St Teresa’s Carmelite St Joseph’s Monastery. We then depart for Madrid, the capital of Spain. Overnight: Madrid
Sunday, October 8:
After breakfast we explore the great city of Madrid in the company of an expert guide, seeing important Catholic sites, such as Almudena Cathedral, and of historical and cultural interest such as the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas bullring, the Royal Gardens and the famous Puerta del Sol square. Overnight: Madrid
Monday, October 9:
After a leisurely breakfast we prepare to go to the airport to begin our way home.
Tuesday, October 10:
In the morning we land at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, physically tired but spiritually renewed, with bags full of great memories and souvenirs.
Est. Price: R 29,998 (sharing, ex-Jhb; subject to currency, airport tax fluctuations. Based on 25 travelling at R14,89 to the Euro)
Includes: All flights ex-Johannesburg (incl. airport taxes), accommodation in 4/5-star hotels (sharing) with breakfast and dinner, hotel taxes, transfers, travel insurance, travelling on air-conditioned luxury buses, English-speaking guides, entrance fees as per itinerary.
Excludes: Tips (mandatory), visas, personal expenses, travel to and from O.R. Tambo Airport/Jhb.
A deposit of R3,800 secures your place on this unique pilgrimage. For booking form and banking details please download the interactive itinerary (right-click and Save As, or left-click to open in your browser).