Italian Youth Headed to the Holy Land

ROME, JUNE 17, 2007 ( Italian youth, in the spirit of solidarity, will be participating in a series of pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

The Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, the Vatican institution whose mission is to evangelize through pastoral tourism and the ministry of pilgrimage, has developed the youth initiative called “Messengers of Peace in the Holy Land.”

The July pilgrimages will include three groups of 200 young adults, who will explore Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. They will visit the holy places while meeting young Israelis and Palestinians.

Supporters are promoting the pilgrimages both to foster a positive personal experience for the young people and because religious tourism helps sustain the economy of the suffering Holy Land region.