Vatican seeks Jesus - at 30,000 feet

The Holy See has endorsed a new tourist venture that plans to fly pilgrims around the globe under the slogan "I'm searching for your face, Lord".

Just as Qantas flies with the slogan "the spirit of Australia", the new Vatican approved charter service has its own slogan, according to the US ABC News.

Mistral Air plans to shuttle Catholic pilgrims around the globe to holy sites, including the shrine of Fatima in Portugal and the shrine of the Madonna of Guadalupe in Mexico.

"The spirit of this new initiative is to meet the growing demand by pilgrims to visit the most important sites for the faith," Father Cesare Atuire at the Vatican pilgrimage office, the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, told La Repubblica daily.

Repubblica said Mistral Air's slogan will be emblazoned on material throughout the aircraft, which will be operated by Italy's postal service.

The debut charter flight late this month will be to the shrine of Lourdes in France, and will lure pilgrims with one added bonus - the guide will be Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the former head of the Italian Bishops Conference, Repubblica said.


SOURCE
Holy Airplane! Vatican Begins Pilgrim Flights (ABC News, 14/8/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi (Italian)
Cardinal Camillo Ruini (Wikipedia)

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