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In a perfect world, we’d all have the opportunity to travel to a Catholic shrine somewhere around the globe. We could prayerfully enjoy church architecture, celebrate Mass in a foreign tongue, meet pilgrims from other nations, and experience the joy of the universal Church.

Yet, we don’t live in a perfect world. While many of us will make such a pilgrimage in our lives, most of us also have responsibilities that keep us close to home. The following list is for the Armchair Pilgrim: curled up in a favorite chair, rosary beads close by, ready to jet off on a virtual tour of some of our world’s most sacred site. Also included here is a link to Holy Door pilgrimage sites for this Jubilee Year of Mercy, and virtual Stations of the Cross. Hopefully, being an Armchair Pilgrim will enrich your spiritual life this Lent.


Virtual Tours


Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill (virtual tour)

Catholic Pilgrimages Sites (virtual tours)

ChurchPop (virtual tours, international)

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America (virtual tour)

Holy Door Pilgrimage Sites – Year of Mercy

Holy Family Shrine – Nebraska (video tour)

National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi (virtual tour)

National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods (virtual tour)

National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica (virtual tour)

Saint Mary’s of the Barrens Church and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (virtual tour)

Shrine of St. Bernadette (virtual tour)

The Faithful Traveler (blog, photos, videos)

US Shrines, state-by-state (websites only)

Basilica of Our Lady of Health, Vailankaani, India (virtual tour)

Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe (art collection)

Chartres Cathedral (virtual tour)

Oratory of the Holy Annunciation (virtual tour)

Our Lady of Aparecida Shrine – Brazil (virtual tour)

Sagrada Familia (virtual tour)

Shrine of the Black Madonna, Altotting, Germany (virtual tour)

St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal (virtual tour)

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, Northern Ireland (virtual tour)

The Basilica of St. Anthony (virtual tour)

The London Oratory

Virtual Stations of the Cross:

Jerusalem: Via Crucis

Multimedia Stations for Children

St. Charles Borromeo

Lent Resources

Lenten Resources – United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Praying Lent – Creighton University
Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2016

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