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More than seven (7) years ago I created a blog just focused on all our experiences and learnings in various Pilgrimage Trips, aptly called Maan’s Pilgrim Site.  I also posted interesting news and thoughts about the Catholic Faith.

Much later I decided to buy my own domain, Catholic Pilgrim.  Unfortunately late last year I failed to renew the domain and hosting so all my content was gone.

I still had a couple of old post in my first blog which I moved to this new one.  I love my faith, and I intend to use this online medium to show the world how beautiful this is.God has been good to us and I was fortunate to be able to join my late parents during those memorable pilgrimage trips. Special and touching moments some photos which I share below. One day I plan to pursue this, bringing more people to experience where Christ walked, where our Saints lived, or special places where our Blessed Mother manifested herself.

Update as of May 2014:  Although almost 5 years ago I decided to continue the travel biz of Dad, this year I decided to go on my own with the help of Dad’s friend and include more Pilgrimage trips which I know my late Dad wants me to do so I named the company after him  Larry’s Classic Tours.

Mom, Dad, and I receive Communion from Pope John Paul II during the Urbi et Orbi

Mom, Dad and I in the tiny chapel within the Chapel of Apparition in Fatima. It is a very restricted place  since it contains the only remaining wood where Our Lady Fatima stood. The statue of Our Lady is placed on top of the wood prior to each procession.

The Nativity in Bethlehem, where Jesus was believed to be born.
Mom, Dad and I at Via Dolorsa, Holy Land
Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mom and Dad in Don Bosco (Jan 2001)
Dad and I being prayed over by Visionary Vicka in Medjugorje
Mom, Dad and I at Basilica of Our Lady of Montserrat, Spai

Dad and I visiting Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City
Audience with Pope John Paul II

Our Lady of Pontmain, France

Our Lady of La Sallette, France

Lourdes, France

The weeping statue of Rosa Mystica in Maamechelen, Belgium

Dad conferred with his first Papal Award, Knighthood of St. Gregory
Dad and I visiting St. Rita de Cascia, Italy (patron saint of our  first parish in Philamlife QC)
Mom, Dad, Lolo and Lola and tiny me, with Special papal delegate
the late Cardinal Agagianian

At the Mt. of Temptation, Jerusalem, with the late Archbishop Bruno Torpigliani, former Nuncio to the Philippines

Mom, Dad and I with Cardinal Egidio Vagnozzi, the first Nuncio to the Philippines.  In this photo he treated us in his summer residence at  via Trionfale, just outside Rome.  The Papal Conclave just finished which elected Pope John Paul I (attended his private audience)

With Archbishop Fernando Filoni, then Apostolic Nuncio to the Phils now the No. 3 man in Vatican.

With Arch.  Edward Joseph Adams current Apostolic Nuncio to the Phils. (Dec. 2010)

With Papal Nuncio His Excellency Giuseppe Pinto (June 2013)
With Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle (Pope’s Day June 2013)

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