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WORLD YOUTH DAY – 2011 CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF HAMILTON, Lisieux NEW ZEALAND 2

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1 through sacred villages Tours An amazing journey from Paris to Madrid as we pass and befriend many of the great saints and mystics of Europe along the way. Paray Le Monial

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DAY 1: WEDNESDAY 27TH JULY 2011 - FLY NEW ZEALAND TO FRANCE DAY 2: THURSDAY 28TH JULY - ARRIVE PARIS While Paris is renowned for housing some of the world’s greatest treasures, we will come to discover too the spiritual riches on offer to pilgrims in this amazing city of contrasts. Upon arrival into Paris, we will travel by coach passing famous sites and landmarks before arriving at our hotel. After check-in this afternoon we may take time to wander into the streets in small groups to capture the atmosphere of this awesome city. Paris overnight (D) © Copyright 2009-2011 Harvest Australia Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction of these tours/itineraries in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.


DAY 3: FRIDAY 29TH JULY – PARIS EXPLORATION This morning we will visit and celebrate Mass in the Sacre Coeur. Then commence our tour of Paris including a visit up the Eiffel Tower, see the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees, and a special visit to the Cathedral of Notre Dame. After this we will visit the Daughters of Charity in the Rue du Bac. This is the site where Mary, the Mother of God appeared to Catherine Laboure in 1830, and where the first Miraculous Medal was struck in 1832. Her incorrupt body lies under the altar of Our Lady in the chapel here and adjacent to the altar of St Vincent de Paul displaying his incorrupt heart. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Paris overnight (BD) DAY 4: SATURDAY 30TH JULY – VIA LISIEUX AND CHARTRES TO TOURS This morning we will travel to Lisieux, one of the world’s premier pilgrimage sites and home of St Therese, the ‘Little Flower’, whom Pope Pius X called “the greatest saint of modern times”. We will visit the family home of Les Buissonets, the Carmelite Convent Chapel with its reliquary of the saint and St Therese’s Basilica. We then continue on to the great Cathedral city of Chartres where we enter inside the magnificent thirteenth-century Chartres Cathedral, a medieval architectural wonder and home to Veronica’s Holy Veil, said to be worn by the Blessed Virgin Mary when she gave birth to Jesus. Pilgrims too will see the most famous labyrinth in the world, built around the year 1200 and sometimes called the “Chemin de Jerusalem” or Road of Jerusalem. Check out the world famous stained glass majesty with more than 5000 figures depicting stories of the bible and various saints. From here we continue on to Tours for Mass at the great Basilica of St Martin before enjoying a walk through the Old Town. Tours overnight (BD) DAY 5: SUNDAY 31ST JULY – VIA NEVERS AND PARAY LE MONIAL TO LYON We continue east to the town of Nevers nestled within the picturesque Loire Valley. We celebrate Mass and visit the Convent of St Gildard where St Bernadette’s incorrupt body reposes and may be viewed. After she was blessed with the eighteen apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, St Bernadette retired to Nevers where she died at the age of only 35. Departing Nevers, we journey on to Paray Le Monial, the place where St Margaret Mary Alacoque experienced visions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the sixteenth-century. Visit here the Chapel of the Apparitions among other highlights. We then set forth to Ars, the village where St John Vianney, known as the Cure de Ars was based and to where pilgrims from all over Europe flocked to see him. We will visit the small church contained within the Basilica that John Vianney built himself, view his incorrupt body and see his living quarters before celebrating Mass. Later today we continue on to the city of Lyon where we will transfer to our accommodation where we will spend the following 2 nights. Lyon overnight (BD) DAY 6: MONDAY 01ST AUGUST – LYON PILGRIMAGE Today we will enjoy a tour of the city visiting the Cathedral where the first Marists (Society of Mary) were ordained. Ascend by funicular to the hill of Fourviere where they made their promise to Our Lady to form a new society under her care. Also here is the magnificent Basilica planned and built in thanksgiving that Lyon was spared by the Prussian army in 1870. There is a close link between Lyon and New Zealand in the form of Mother Mary Joseph Aubert and Bishop Pompallier. In 1860, Suzanne Aubert along with a group of other young people, left her native land with Bishop Pompallier and travelled to New Zealand to spread the Gospel among the native Maori people. In 1892, she became Mother Superior of the first New Zealand Congregation, the Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion. Bishop Pompallier, also originally from Lyon, was the first vicar apostolic to visit New Zealand and became the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland. Today’s touring includes places associated with the lives of Mother Aubert and Bishop Pompallier among other highlights. Lyon overnight (BD) © Copyright 2009-2011 Harvest Australia Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction of these tours/itineraries in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.


DAY 7: TUESDAY 2ND AUGUST – LYON TO LE PUY Leaving Lyon we journey south to Le Puy where the Society of Mary first came to St Jean-Claude Courveille. Built in a volcanic crater, Le Puy is dominated by two strange stalagmite-shaped rock formations. On one, a chapel in honour of St Michael and on the other a huge statue of Mary 16 metres high! Following a tour of the city we will transfer to our accommodation for our overnight stay. Le Puy overnight (BD) DAY 8: WEDNESDAY 3RD AUGUST – LE PUY TO ST PRIVAT (24kms) Leaving Le Puy, the route climbs up to the high plateau of the Velay. On the horizon is the silhouette of the Deves Mountains. Away to the left are the higher peaks as we descend gently towards St Privat, overlooking the Allier gorges. DAY 9: THURSDAY 4TH AUGUST – ST PRIVAT TO SAUGUES (20kms) Today’s route overlooks the gorges as far as Rochegude (967m/3191ft), dominated by an ancient tower, then down to the Allier itself, which we cross at Monistrol. The route then climbs again to the plateau before arriving at Saugues, well known for its wild mushrooms. DAY 10: FRIDAY 5TH AUGUST – SAUGUES TO LES FAUX (30kms) Today the route crosses the solitary highlands of the Margeride at over 1000m as far as the L’Hospitalet pass. After the chapel at St. Roch a sign records that there are only 1443 kms to Santiago. The hamlet of Les Faux is tiny but the accommodation at the offers a well-deserved rest. DAY 11: SATURDAY 6TH AUGUST – LES FAUX TO AUMONT AUBRAC (16kms) After Saint Alban de Limagnole, where we arrive after little more than an hour, we continue across an impressive and beautiful granite plateau. At Pont des Estrets there is a toll to pay for crossing the Truyere and then the route follows the ancient Roman ‘Agrippa Way’ (Lyon-Toulouse) that take us to Aumont Aubrac. DAY 12: SUNDAY 7TH AUGUST – AUMONT AUBRAC TO NASBINALS (26kms) With the Margeride behind us, we now tackle the Aubrac. An immense plateau of pasture and marshy moorland, bristling with granite boulders, we will meet more livestock than people. After a place known as ‘the Four Tracks’, the route continues across Riutort (literally ‘the Twisted Stream’) to Nasbinals. DAY 13: MONDAY 8TH AUGUST – NASBINALS TO ST CHELY D’AUBRAC (18kms) This section begins on the high plateau of the Aubrac. ‘In loco horroris et vastae solitudinis...’ (in this place of horror and profound solitude…), words once engraved on the pediment of the monastery at Aubrac, which well express the fears of the pilgrims of the past. Today we may tramp these sumptuous pastures with a light heart; and just before the village of Aubrac, we cross a pass at 1360m to leave the Lozere department and enter the Aveyron. DAY 14: TUESDAY 9TH AUGUST – ST CHELY D’AUBRAC TO ESPALION (24kms) The trail continues via the ‘old bridge’, crossing the Boralde de St Chely for the first time. Then come to L’Estrade on the plateau before going down again to cross the river once more. Then it climbs up to La Rozere and reaches the Lot Valley at Come d’Olt, where the church has a strange, spiralling bell tower. After crossing the Lot we continue on to Espalion. DAY 15: WEDNESDAY 10TH AUGUST – ESPALION TO ESTAING (13kms) This section is a formality, where we can wander slowly along the Lot Valley, taking in the region’s varied architecture - especially the church at Bessuejouls. Continuing on we arrive into the beautiful town of Estaing dominated by its unusual castle. DAY 16: THURSDAY 11TH AUGUST – ESTAING TO ESPEYRAC (24kms) Today the route continues along the Lot Valley before climbing above the Lot gorges to reach the Rouergue plateau. A cross with its little stone pilgrim awaits us at the entrance to the Golinhac, ancient resting place on the St. James Way. Finally we come to Espeyrac via Les Albusquies and Campagnac. DAY 17: FRIDAY 12TH AUGUST – ESPEYRAC TO CONQUES (12kms) This final stage brings us into the historic village of Conques, which occupies a spectacular position high on the steep wooded gorge of the River Dourdou. This picturesque village is home to the Benedictine Abbey of St Foy and where streams of pilgrims began to make their own way along the great El Camino walk to Compostela. © Copyright 2009-2011 Harvest Australia Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction of these tours/itineraries in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.


Here we will together step back in time and enjoy our overnight encounter staying inside the great Abbey for one of our pilgrimage highlights. In Conques we will visit the Abbey and include the relics of St Foy, the Treasury Museum among other highlights. Conques overnight (BD) DAY 18: SATURDAY 13TH AUGUST – VIA ROCAMADOUR TO LOURDES Today we travel out to Rocamadour to visit the Shrine of Rocamadour with its miraculous Black Madonna built almost vertically into its rocky backdrop. Our journey draws us nearer to Spain this afternoon as we continue along the road to Lourdes set amidst the majestic Pyrenees Mountains. It was in this village that Our Lady first appeared to St Bernadette in 1858. Optional Torchlight Procession after dinner tonight at the Shrine. Lourdes overnight (BD) DAY 19: SUNDAY 14TH AUGUST – LOURDES PILGRIMAGE This morning we will celebrate a group Mass at the Grotto before meeting our guide for a walking tour of Lourdes including the Sanctuary area: Upper & Lower Basilicas, the Grotto, the Baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. Continue our visit of the main sites associated with St Bernadette including the Boly Mill where she was born in 1844, the original parish church and the Cachot (prison) where the family were forced to live due to misfortune during the time of the apparitions. Free time this afternoon or wander down for a visit and prayers for the sick at the miraculous Baths where the water has continued to flow since 1858. You may choose to submerge yourself in the healing waters, or collect the Lourdes water at the taps. During her ninth apparition to Bernadette, Our Lady said “Go drink and wash yourself at the spring”. Optional afternoon Blessed Sacrament Procession and Blessing of the Sick before an evening candlelight procession after dinner down at the shrine. Lourdes overnight (BD) Note: Washing at the baths is a worthwhile experience and is carried out in a discreet manner with the process generally respecting one’s privacy. DAY 20: MONDAY 15TH AUGUST – VIA PAMPLONA AND ZARAGOZA TO MADRID Travel south this morning into Spain and onto the city of Pamplona. Not only is it famous for its annual encierro or “running of the bulls” but more importantly is know to be the first major city on the original Camino – the pilgrim’s walk to De Compostela! Around Pamplona, centuries of pilgrims took the scallop shell as the symbol of their journey, and pilgrims were identified as such by these shells that they wore on their garments. Continue on through Zaragoza, affectionately recorded as the town of the Blessed Mother’s first appearance on earth. Visit the magnificent Basilica of Our Lady of the Pilar, before joining the streams of youth converging today on Madrid as we journey our final leg by coach towards the World Youth Day host city. WORLD YOUTH DAY - MADRID (7 NIGHTS) Upon our arrival into Madrid, we will be welcomed and ushered to the nearby registration point before being transferred by coach to our place of simple accommodation. At this point we will receive our WYD pilgrim’s bag containing the WYD handbook, tourist guide, pilgrim pass, transport card and all the information you need to get around Madrid and participate in WYD events. Madrid 7 nights (WYD - Simple B,L,D daily) DAY 21: TUESDAY 16TH AUGUST - Official Opening Mass of Welcome The city of Madrid has some amazing sites and attractions and it will be alive with hundreds of thousands of young people who have come for this great event. DAY 22: WEDNESDAY 17TH AUGUST – AVILA DAY TOUR Today we will be taken on a tour to the historic walled town of Avila to our host parish community where we will be welcomed and enter into a colourful programme of festival, faith and fellowship.

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The atmosphere in Avila has changed little since the days of St Teresa, to whom the city is dedicated. It was here that she entered the Carmelite convent and encountered many mystical experiences during her time. The Cathedral dates back to the 12th century and contains many of St Teresa’s relics. The Convent of St Teresa is built over the saint’s birthplace and is located just inside the South Gate of the old town. Most of the convent remains in cloister but you can see the very spot where she was born, now a chapel in the Baroque church. Following the tour we return to Madrid to enjoy the festivities of WYD 2011. DAYS 23-24: THURS 18TH–FRI 19TH AUGUST – Catechesis & Youth Festival For these days at hundreds of venues spread across the city, small groups will gather to talk about faith and celebrate their journey which has brought them to this moment. There will be opportunities for Catechesis in the mornings, Daily Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Youth Festival will bring music, dance and dramatic performances from around the world to small and large stadiums across the city. On Thursday afternoon, we will celebrate the Pope’s arrival as we welcome him in a huge celebration which will live long in our memories. Friday will be the focus on the moving Way of the Cross when young pilgrims will contemplate the reality of the Passion of the Christ. DAY 25: SATURDAY 20TH AUGUST - Pilgrimage Walk to WYD Vigil & Sleepout Today will begin the mass mobilization of pilgrims along set walking paths through the city as they converge on the huge designated outdoor site chosen for the historic WYD gathering here in Madrid. An afternoon of concerts, performances, and song will unfold as we await the arrival of the Holy Father. Evening Vigil: This begins the main event! Millions of young people together with the Pope – an evening of unforgettable atmosphere. The celebrations continue all night as we share in a global sleep-out under the stars. DAY 26: SUNDAY 21ST AUGUST - XXVI World Youth Day As the sun rises we���ll share in Morning Prayer, breakfast and the climactic WYD Papal Mass with the youth of the world. The Holy Father will give us his special message and blessing. Time then to say goodbye as the Pope sends us forth and out to every tribe and nation of the world. Madrid overnight DAY 27: MONDAY 22ND AUGUST – MADRID TO ITALY / ASSISI Departing the WYD City we fly today to Rome and connect directly by coach north to the medieval hill side town of Assisi. Here it was that St Francis tended the poor and sick and founded the Franciscan Order. On arrival, we visit the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels down on the plain where St Francis spent most of his life. Here we will see the Portiuncola, the thornless rose bush, the cave where the saint returned for prayer and the Chapel where he died in 1226. Onwards to the Upper Town to the Church of St Clare where we will kneel before the famous crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St Francis. We then enjoy a guided walking tour through some of the town’s highlights including: Basilica of St Francis housing the tomb of St Francis (for Mass); the quaint Church of St Damiano built on the site where St Francis heard the voice of Christ speaking through the crucifix ‘go rebuild my Church, which you see is falling down’. The tour will culminate high up at the Hermitage (Eremo delle Carceri), an oasis of peace and tranquility in the woods built on the site of a simple cave where St Francis often withdrew to spend many hours in prayer. The cave and the Chapel of Our Lady are preserved in the Hermitage. Assisi overnight (BD) DAY 28: TUESDAY 23RD AUGUST – ASSISI TO ROME This morning we awake to the atmospheric sounds of chapel bells, cobblestone footsteps and a tangible spirit of St Francis preserved within the walls of this holy town.

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Travel due west this morning to Siena, birthplace of St Catherine. While here we will visit the Basilica of St Dominic; stroll the Piazza del Campo before entering the Sanctuary of St Catherine. Following the tour we will continue south to Rome. Rome, the eternal city, is home for every wandering pilgrim. Its vibrancy and beauty is written into the monuments, artworks, cathedrals and basilicas that await us on the pilgrim’s journey. From St Peter’s Square to the Vatican Museum, from Michelangelo and Bernini to the underground catacombs, Rome tells its amazing story of faith through the ages. On arrival we will enjoy an orientation tour of the city to our place of accommodation. Remainder of the day at leisure or perhaps wander down to St Peter’s to check out the awesome Basilica – larger than 3 football fields! Rome overnight (BD) DAY 29: WEDNESDAY 24TH AUGUST – ROME PILGRIMAGE After a private Mass at St Peter’s Basilica this morning we come to the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls as a special tribute to the Church’s greatest evangelist. Journey on to the ancient Catacombs for a memorable guided tour as we explore these underground burial tunnels for Christians and Hebrews. Continue by coach this afternoon to the impressive St. Mary Major Basilica. Onwards to the Basilica of St. John in Lateran (First Papal residence) and the adjacent Holy Stairs brought from Jerusalem to Rome in 326AD by St Helena (as a favourite of pilgrims, these steps may only be ascended on the knees). Visit then the Basilica of Santa Croce in Jerusalem with its extraordinary collection of relics from the Holy Land including a full size replica of the Shroud of Turin. Our day will end with a stop at the Colosseum, Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum. Rome overnight (BD) DAY 30: THURSDAY 25TH AUGUST – ROME PILGRIMAGE This morning we will visit the Vatican and wander the spectacular chambers and halls leading to the Sistine Chapel to view Michelangelo’s masterpieces, including the magnificent fresco of the Last Judgment. We continue through to the awe inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world for an informative guided visit. Here too we will also come and pray before the tomb of Pope John Paul II, located in the Grotto of the Popes underneath the Basilica. A free afternoon to discover the sights of Rome in small groups (optional). Why not visit the Pantheon or the Trevi Fountain and indulge in a gelato at the Piazza Navona. Alternatively enjoy the opportunity to descend under the catacombs of St Peters Basilica for a Scavi Excavations tour that will leave us breathless. Rome overnight (BD) DAY 31: FRIDAY 26TH AUGUST – DEPART ITALY Travel back to Rome airport today as we board our homebound flight connections to New Zealand. DAY 32/33: SUNDAY 28TH AUGUST – ARRIVE NEW ZEALAND *************

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