• Posted:Wednesday, March 3, 2010
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Head to Rome on a spiritual journey
There are many reasons for choosing to go on holiday to and stay in a hostel in Rome, but chances are that a religious pilgrimage has never really been top of the agenda when considering a sojourn in the Italian city. This year could be an excellent time to redress this, as Australian Mary Mackillop is being canonised in October.

I imagine that this will mean that lots of Australians will be heading to the region towards the end of 2010, as this 19th century nun is to be the first person from that country to be named as a saint. She spent a lot of her time spreading the Catholic faith throughout Oz and also in New Zealand and adopted her religious name - Sister Mary of the Cross - in 1866. According to the Guardian, to become a saint a person has to be recognised by the pope as having been responsible for two miracles. A woman said that she had been cured of terminal leukaemia back in 1961 after praying to Mary Mackillop and an Australian woman also put her recovery from inoperable cancer down to the nun.

The Australian noted that "the new popular trend in experiential travel is the religious pilgrimage", but went on to say that this doesn't mean that non-believers aren't able to see that "holy places, religious architecture and sacred art are some of the most beautiful and interesting sights you'll encounter in your travels overseas". And heading to Rome this year to witness a canonisation seems like a pretty good place to begin.

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