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6 Private Catholic retreat centers where you can recharge your soul in solitude

These centers offer quiet and solitude, along with access to Mass, confession, and spiritual direction.

This ancient pilgrimage road crosses Europe from north to south

And it’s even older than the Camino de Santiago.

This ancient Judaean fortress became a Byzantine monastery… but only for a while.

High atop a cliff in the Judaean Desert, the ancient fortress was built by Alexander Jannaeus, and transformed into a monastery centuries later by Saint Euthymius

This abandoned city was once known as “the city of 1001 churches”

It once competed in splendor with Cairo and Constantinople, but all its inhabitants left in the 14th and 15th centuries.

This underground crypt is considered the Sistine Chapel of rock-hewn churches

Also known as “The Crypt of Original Sin,” the cave had already been inhabited back in the Paleolithic era.

5 Monasteries keeping ancient monastic recipes alive 

When you visit these Italian monasteries, you can eat as monks have eaten for centuries.

5 Unforgettable saintly pilgrimages in Italy

From the Walk of St Francis to St. Benedict’s path, Italy is rich with pilgrimages inspired by saints. 

Try volunteer traveling for your next vacation

Check out these five volunteer programs located abroad to give back to communities most in need.

What happened when I took my kids to the Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel

There are profound lessons we learn from ascending mountain tops ... and going deep underground.

The northern Italian church that appears to be suspended in air

The “Santuario della Madonna della Corona” was carved into a mountain overlooking a dramatic cliff above Lake Garda. 

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