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We have been in close touch with our friends and associates in the Holy Land. Pilgrimage travel in Israel is typically slow during the summer months because of the heat. But as you will read below, pilgrimages continue unabated through the Holy Land this summer. Those who are there are enjoying their tours undeterred. It is reported back (see even below) they are enjoying themselves and have not been in harms way or felt so in any way.
I asked for an honest assessment of the current situation. Here is a one of the many positive replies:
"Dear Steve: Fr. Kelly here from the Notre Dame Center. So far, all our pilgrims throughout the entire summer have been able to visit the Holy Land sites according to the regular routine. The only change has been that they did not have to wait in long lines to get in to see the most sought after locations as registered people have opted not to come.
But in reality the normal itinerary for the pilgrims has practically not been affected. It is wonderful seeing each of these pilgrims being so blessed and only sad to realize that others lost this opportunity of grace for their lives, due to the understandable but poorly founded fear of coming! Our pilgrims, after experiencing how a pilgrimage runs so peacefully here in recent weeks, often lament that their friends really made this mistake of canceling!!
We thank you and all your pilgrims, past and future, for their prayers for the Holy Land that men of violence may lay down their weapons and work to share this blessed Land together, a treasure for all of humanity."
Greetings to Janet and all your family & team!
Blessings Fr. Eamon Kelly, Papal Appointee at Notre Dame Center.
Louise & I would just like to thank you again for an unforgettable Pilgrimage. The planning and professionalism was first rate including not only your apologetics, but the local flair added by Amer, the daily masses conducted by Father Gerald and the logistical support by the Legatus Team.Patrick and Louise Rainey, Legatus member
It’s no secret that we had our concerns about security before the trip but we are so glad that we forged ahead and I must say that we never felt a moments anxiety, quite the opposite. A cloud by day and a pilar of fire by night, we were enshrouded in safety and His Love every step of the way. I’m looking forward to returning on future trips. Thanks Again and God Bless.