Sunday, 3 April 2011

Something I disagree with Berger  is that he said  “Pilgrimage is a thing of the past” After recently watching a documentary about the shroud of Turin; people were out raged when scientist deemed the cloth as a fake. People from all around the world still flock to see the shroud. Then it was later discovered that the cloth that had been tested, was a piece of cloth that had been added to the shroud after being damaged by a fire. 
"The shroud allegedly was in a fire during the early part of the 16th century and, according to believers in the shroud's authenticity, that is what accounts for the carbon dating of the shroud as being no more than 650 years old. To non-believers, this sounds like an ad hoc hypothesis."
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" The shroud, however, has many defenders who believe they have demonstrated that the cloth is not a forgery, dates from the time of Jesus, is of miraculous origin, etc. It is claimed that there is type AB blood on the shroud."
In 1925 Bishop Dudley Carey-Elwes led the first Northampton Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Since then it has become an annual multi-Diocese event run under the auspices of the Catholic Association. 

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Lourdes is a town in the French region of Bigorre, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, where in 1858 the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, appeared 18 times to a simple teenage girl, Bernadette Soubirous, in order to draw people into a deeper relationship with her son Jesus. 150 years later, the Lourdes shrine attracts over six million visitors every year, which , of course, includes our own pilgrimage.


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