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Report: Italian premier revives old Canterbury-to-Rome pilgrimage route

October 30, 2007

From Catholic World News:

Rome, Oct. 30, 2007 (CWNews.com) – Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi held a ceremony on October 29 to unveil the first in a series of over 1,500 signs that are being posted to revive the ancient pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome, the Via Francigena.

Prodi told Italian reporters that the attention being paid to the pilgrimage route can help with “the rediscovery of our identity.” The Italian premier said that conceived the idea of reviving the Via Francigena some years ago, when he made his own pilgrimage to Santiago di Compostela in Spain.

The Via Francigena, which dates back to the 10th century, stretches from England across France and the Alps into Italy. Traveling on foot, pilgrims would take about 100 days to reach Rome.

Prodi met with reporters in the town of Monteriggioni, where one of 1,544 signs on the ancient route has been posted outside an medieval castle that once hosted pilgrims as they approached Rome.

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