Assisi, Italy: A Place of Pilgrimage


  St. Francis, born in 1181 to a wealthy silk merchant and his wife, was definitely no saint to begin with. He partied and drank with his friends and generally got into trouble. Even after being imprisoned for a year during the war between Assisi and Perugia, he returned to his extravagant ways. But then, the story goes, he met a beggar and was so struck by the misery he saw that he gave ... Read Full Article

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer for the Gypsies’ Pilgrimage


Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, on the coast of southwestern France, is a village steeped in legend, history, and tradition that lives on today. Gypsies (Gitanes) from all over Europe gather here every spring on a pilgrimage – the Pélerinage des Gitanes – to honor their saint, Sarah. One legend (there are many) says that close to 20 centuries ago, a boat came ashore here on the Rhone River delta. ... Read Full Article