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‘It’s fascinating that in an increasingly secular world, the challenge of a pilgrimage has been growing steadily’

Mary Kenny


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Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Here’s another Easter passing by, and I still haven’t fulfilled an ambition to walk the Camino pilgrimage, those 780km across Spain to Santiago de Compostela. This year, I’m blaming it on the restrictions imposed by Covid, rather than admit that the notion of setting off on such an April trek is probably beyond my capability.

Yet, it’s fascinating that in an increasingly secular world, the challenge of a pilgrimage is not only still practiced, but until the wretched virus intervened had been growing steadily. Perhaps because pilgrimage is about going on a journey, both inside and outside of yourself. It can be about spirituality 43pc of pilgrims who walk the Camino have a faith motive, according to Peter Stanford’s new book Pilgrimage, but that means 57pc do not.


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