The Catholic GlobeTrotter



Ireland pilgrimage: Glendalough and Dublin

Day four in Ireland was jam-packed. We started bright at early at Glendalough, exploring the remains of a monastic city. St. Kevin lived there as a hermit in the sixth century; eventually followers joined him, and a community grew up around them. The site holds remains of churches and other…


Ireland pilgrimage: Blarney

Just a wee post today. (Do I sound Irish yet? No, didn’t think so.) We spent the morning at Blarney Castle, where many of us kissed the Blarney Stone, said to bestow the gift of gab, the gift of eloquence or the ability to lie convincingly for seven long years….


Ireland pilgrimage: The Ring of Kerry

After a morning of a little fun on the Ring of Kerry (a photo op with a local donkey and an introduction to King Puck), our group of pilgrims motored to Bonane for a special Mass. In “penal times,” a litany of repressive laws kept Catholics from full participation in public life…


Ireland pilgrimage: Adare and Dingle

We made it! Forty-seven pilgrims, including Bishop Robert J. Cunningham and yours truly, landed in Shannon, Ireland, very early this morning, Oct. 2, officially beginning our 10-day pilgrimage to the Emerald Isle. Shepherded by our incredible guide and driver, Pierce, we drove through clinging fog to the village of Adare….


Farewell, Papa

Pope Francis is now in the air, flying home to Italy after a stunning, sweeping tour of Cuba and America. He’s leaving behind a place and a people changed by his visit. In my casual conversations and scrolls through Facebook, everyone — everyone — is talking about something related to Francis…


Magic

Today was magical. There’s really no other word for it. Thanks to the generosity of Chris Mominey — former superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Syracuse and currently the secretary of Catholic education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia — I was able to attend Pope Francis’ speech at…


Moments at the World Meeting of Families

Hello from Philadelphia, and from these Solar Popes! Great pope swag to be found here in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection these days. The World Meeting of Families closed today, ending the first leg of this pilgrimage for us here from the Sun, the Office of Communications, and…