Begin your pilgrimage in a prayerful spirit and surrounded by God’s love in the hometown of St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order.
In June 2019 Pope Francis declared 2020 the Jubilee Year for Air travelers and Pilgrims to Shrine of Loreto. Our Lady of Loreto was named the patron saint of aviation and aviators by Pope Benedict XV in 1920. The Jubilee Year will start on December 8, 2019, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and conclude on December 10th, 2021 the feast of Our Lady of Loreto. According to pious tradition, Mary’s house in Nazareth was flown by angels to Loreto, Italy in 1294, after a stop in Croatia, what was then Yugoslavia. This miracle is often referred to as “the Miracle of the Holy House of Loreto.”
In San Giovanni Rotondo, walk in the life of St. Padre Pio, famous for saying “Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.” Close out your pilgrimage with a visit to the spiritual home of the Roman Catholic Church, St. Peter’s Basilica, in the Eternal City of Rome.