Aug 22, 2014

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rome - October 2014

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Pilgrimage to Rome

to commemorate

St John Paul II’s visit to Limerick

and to attend the Beatification of Pope Paul VI


Led by Bishop Brendan Leahy

October 18th – 22nd 2014

€770 pps


DAY 1: Saturday. Arrival, St Mary Major, Tour by night

Early morning check-in at Dublin Airport for our 7am Aer Lingus flight to Rome. On arrival in Rome we will have an opportunity for lunch. Check in at hotel. Couple of hours rest. Late afternoon visit to the Basilica of St Mary Major, the principal Marian church in Rome. 5pm celebration of Mass. Tour by night by coach. The tour includes four course dinner with music, three major basilicas (St. Peter’s, St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major), the Circus Maximus, Colosseum, fine views of the Forum and Palatine Hill, ... and more.


Day 2: Sunday – Beatification of Paul VI, Baroque Squares of Rome

We will attend the beatification of Pope Paul VI in St Peter’s Square. Lunch in the area of the accommodation. Free time for rest. Afternoon visit to the Pantheon, Rome’s best preserved ancient monument. Once a temple to all the gods, it is now a church dedicated to Our Lady.  Visit the church Of Santa Maria sopra Minerva which contains the tomb of St Catherine of Siena. Time for dinner in the area.


Day 3: Monday – St Peter’s, Tomb of John Paul II, Irish College

Early morning Mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the tomb of St John Paul II (depending on availability), followed by a visit to the tomb of St Peter in the crypt. We will also have time to venerate the tombs of other popes including Pope Paul VI, and John Paul I. Our tour of the main Basilica will include Michelangelo’s Pieta, the great Dome, and the body of St John XXIII. Afterwards we will see the plaque in the square marking the spot where John Paul II was shot on May 13th 1981. Free time for lunch and shopping in the area of St Peter’s. Time for rest at the accommodation. At 4 pm, visit the Irish College where Irish men have studied for the priesthood since the 1620s. Pope John Paul visited the college in 1980. Free time for dinner in the area of the accommodation. Optional walk afterwards from the Capitoline Hill to the Colosseum with views of the Roman and Imperial Fori.



Day 4: Tuesday – Catacombs, St Paul’s Outside the Walls, St John Lateran

Visit the Catacombs of St. Callixtus for a tour and Mass. These catacombs are the oldest in Rome and contain some beautiful examples of early Christian art including depictions of the Last Supper, the Baptism of Jesus, the Good Shepherd and many Old Testament scenes. We will pass a section of the Old Appian Way and the famous Quo Vadis church. Visit to the Basilica of St Paul’s Outside the Walls. We will see the sarcophagus of the Apostle to the Gentiles and the chapel of the Crucifix where St Ignatius Loyola and his first companions took the vows that established the Society of Jesus. Tour and Mass in St John Lateran Basilica, the Mother Church of the World. Free time for dinner in the area of the hotel. After dinner walk in the Piazza Farnese/Campo dei Fiori area.



Day 5: Wednesday – Papal Audience, Trevi /Spanish Steps, Departure

Papal audience in St Peter’s Square. Visit the area of the Trevi Fountain for lunch followed by a walk to the Spanish Steps. On the way we will see Propaganda Fide College where Oliver Plunkett worked and was named Archbishop of Armagh. Transfer to Rome airport. Check-in at 6.30 for 8.45 pm flight to Dublin with Aer Lingus.


Included in the price:

  • Return flight (Dub-Rome-Dub) with Aer Lingus
  • 4 nights in three star accommodation in Rome on B&B basis.
  • One four course dinner with musical entertainment.
  • Full time accompaniment by a Cultural Connections tour leader.
  • Coaching for all the excursions mentioned on the itinerary
  • Guided tours of all places visited and all taxes (governmental and local).


NOT Included:

  • Single room supplement at €30 per night and entrance fee to Catacombs (€8)



1. Fill out your booking form having read our Terms & Conditions.

2. Submit the deposit of €350 (made out to Tom Mannion Travel) and booking form to: Cultural Connections Ltd. Newtown, Rahan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.


Alternatively, bookings can be made over the phone using a debit card. Please call 057 9355050. We cannot accept credit card payments.


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We also draw your attention to a previous pilgrimage by the same company - Pilgrimage to Rome in honour of Saint Columbanus October 8th -15th 2014 - €995 pps (approx. £820)

You can download information  about this HERE