VIRTUAL Pilgrimage to Italy, Day 6: The Tomb of St. Peter


After all of the VIRTUAL walking we did on the first several days of our VIRTUAL pilgrimage to Italy, my VIRTUAL feet were a tad tired! It was nice to sit yesterday at the International Conference for Catechists and to soak up so much wisdom concerning the catechetical ministry. Wasn’t Pope Francis wonderful? I love his comment about not keeping Jesus to ourselves lest we become like statues in a wax museum “and we have plenty of those here, thank you!”

We can look forward to more inspirational presentations today as the Conference draws to a close. I’m also looking forward to some of that Bailey’s Cream gelato that Dr. Joe Bound was raving about!

Here’s our itinerary for today as well as the program for the Conference:

DAY 6 – VATICAN CITY /ROME -This morning we will participate in the International Conference of Catechists at the site designated for our language group, in the afternoon we transfer to the Vatican to take part in events of the Pilgrimage of Catechists, including Mass and a pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Peter! In the evening, we return to the hotel and then transfer to a nice Roman restaurant for our final dinner together.


Celebration of Holy Mass and Professio Fidei

St. Peter’s Basilica – Altar of the Chair


Opening Prayer


Service to the Truth as an Expression of the Ecclesial Community

Bishop Javier SALINAS VIÑAL, Bishop of Mallorca and Member of the International Council for Catechesis (Spain)



Archbishop Octavio RUIZ ARENAS, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization



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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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