MARIAN PILGRIMAGE TO EUROPE SLATED SEPT 7 - 22

Manila, August 18, 2003 (STAR) As the Christian world observes the birth anniversary of Mary, Mother of Jesus, on Sept. 8, Inscribe Tours marks the occasion with a pilgrimage to places in Europe where the Blessed Virgin made an impact.

These include Lourdes in France, where she first appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, and Fatima in Portugal, where St. Lucia and her siblings witnessed Maryís apparition in 1917.

In tandem with its Marian focus, the trip is also a cultural tour through four countries with a rich Catholic history and tradition.

In Italy, the pilgrims will visit some of the holiest places of Christendom such as St. Peterís Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Palace of the Popes in Rome. In Spain, they will visit the medieval cities of Zaragoza, Avila, Salamanca and Madrid, and view the Royal Palace; Prado Museum, which houses over 5,000 masterpieces of art; and the magnificent El Escorial Palace.

After stopping by Portugal to tour Fatima and its environs, the last stop is Paris, France where visits to the Champs Elysee, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower and other famous landmarks are arranged.

There is, of course, plenty of time for shopping in the City of Lights. The tour group departs Manila on Sept. 7 and returns on Sept. 22.

For reservations, call Inscribe Tours at 840-5912 or 575-8370 or text 0920-2725785. Slots are limited.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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