Pilgrimage

Safety in Jerusalem- 07/23/17 Update

by Steve Ray on July 23, 2017

UPDATE 07/23/17:

As stated last week I confirm that none of the localized problems in Jerusalem have anything to do with our pilgrimages or itinerary.

Just like gang fighting in localized areas of Chicago or New York have no effect on tourists and businesses in normal areas. Have no fear. If questions, email me at sray@me.com.

ORIGINAL POST:

A few days ago two Israeli police officers were killed in Jerusalem. This was a targeted assassination of police and has nothing to do with tourists or pilgrims. The subsequent closure of Temple Mount and subsequent killing of the attackers took place on Temple Mount an area which we don’t even visit during our regular tours.

Our recent group in Jerusalem at Notre Dame

Bottom line: this has nothing to do with our pilgrimages and should not cause any concern for our trips. These kind of things happen in a very confined area – an area that does not relate to our pilgrimages.

Considering there are more murders and victims of crime in single major cities per year than Israel, one could make the argument it is more dangerous here or in Europe than in Israel. Chicago has more shootings in a month than Israel does in years.

I will repeat what I said so often, I have taken thousands of people to the Holy Land and we have never had a problem and no one has ever felt in danger. Nothing has changed. Same old, same old. I have been to Jerusalem and all over Israel more than 150 times and I can confirm that it is far safer in Israel than in most cities in America.

Last week in the Tomb of Christ in Jerusalem

Don’t believe me? Ask any of our thousands of pilgrims. If you need to contact me about his, or have a phone call, contact me at sray@me.com. Just returned home from Jerusalem!

As of Sunday morning, Temple Mount has been reopened for Muslims to go pray at their mosque. Israel has an unprecedented number of visitors this year and buses are everywhere. Over 3 million pilgrims and tourists will fill the country.

Our next four pilgrimages this year to the Holy Land are already full with a waiting list. Our trips for next year are already filling fast.

Visit our website at www.footprintsofgod.com.

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Screen Shot 2017-06-07 at 7.54.03 AMWe are now planning two trips to the Passion Play in Oberammergau Germany in 2020. This play is only performed every ten years.

Keep an eye on our developing “Oberammergau Page” for full itinerary, development, final dates and soon to register. Contact Elizabeth for more info or to be put on our list (emarkey@ctscentral.net or 800-727-1999, ext. 150).

But we have packed these trips with loads of goodies like meeting with the head of the Swiss Guard, a meeting with Gianna Molla (daughter of St. Gianna), a visit to Dachau and the magnificent Alto Pinakothek Museum in Munich (Rembrandt’s Life of Christ series).

semplicemente-una-granFussen and St. Gallen Germany with Mass at Wieskirche. Siteseeing and free time in Zurich Switzerland and a drive through the Alps to the beautiful Milan Italy.

Here we have a day a day of touring, especially a visit to the stunning Duomo Cathedral, St. Ambrose Church for the bones of Doctor of the Church St. Ambrose who converted St. Augustine.

3048_636072778004683635From there we take the hi-speed train to Rome for three glorious days in Rome, the Glory of Christendom! We will see the Pope, visit the major churches, see the Catacombs and Vatican Museum (with Sistine Chapel) and eat the best food in the world.

June 16-24:  (Play 6/19) 
     June 24-27 Rome Extension
Aug 11-19:  (Play 8/14)
     Aug 19-22: Rome Extension

Enjoy the interactive map below. Pictures and videos added soon.

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?We are going to Oberammergau Germany in 2020 for the Passion Play with visits to Munich, Dachau, sites in Switzerland (Zurich and St. Galen with Swiss Guards) across the Alps into Milan Italy, meeting with Gianna Molla w/ extension to Rome and much more. Exciting additions. More soon.?

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