Religious Travel International (RTI) will work hand in hand with you in designing custom pilgrimages to Christian sites worldwide. All trips are planned with your comfort and safety in mind and to provide just the right amount of time for prayer and reflection as you absorb the holiness around you. The suggestions here are meant only to demonstrate the variety of experiences possible. Our aim is always to provide an itinerary specific to your desired goals.
1.) Visit Rome, the Seat of Catholicism, and include going to St. Peter's Basilica, world-famous not only because it is associated with the papacy, but also because of its impressive works of art, including Michelangelo' Pieta. Also, visit the Sistine Chapel and the other pilgrim churches of Rome and attend a papal audience if available.
2.) Reflect on your faith during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the place which first experienced the presence of Jesus and Mary, His mother. Visit the places where Jesus was born, gathered His apostles, worked miracles and taught important lessons; also pray in the actual places where He suffered, died, was buried and rose from the dead.
3.) Travel to one or more of the major Marian shrines in recognition of Mary's special role in the story of Christianity and gain inspiration to follow her as a model of faith and virtue.
4.) Follow the footsteps of St. Paul on the ancient roads of Turkey where the word "Christian" was used for the first time. It was here, through the journeys of St. Paul, that the first Christian communities emerged and spread the Christian faith to the world.
5.) Get to know the saints, who are authentic witnesses of faith, in their own homelands. Be inspired by their lives, teachings, values and devotion to Jesus Christ. ( Ask about our Eat and Pray with the Saints of Central Italy tour.)
6.) Consider how faith should be renewed in your life as you follow the path of Saint John XXIII from the small village of Sotto il Monte in the Lombardy region of Italy, where he was born in 1881, to his days as Pope in Rome where, in 1962, he summoned Vatican II, one of only 21 ecumenical councils convened in more than 2000 years of Christian history.
7.) Trace the path of Saint John Paul II as his unshakeable faith developed in his native Poland where he received his Holy Orders, celebrated his first Mass and served as Archbishop of Krakow for many years before serving for 26 years as one of the world's most beloved and accomplished popes.
8.) Stay close to home and revitalize yourself spiritually at the shrines of North America. Visit the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in our nation's capital, and absorb the rich heritage of the religious sites in Montreal and Quebec.
9.) World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in July, 2016, will offer a special occasion for the young to experience the joy which comes from faith in Jesus and communion with the Church.