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Camino Companions: “Had the experience? Want to deepen the meaning?"

Santiago de Compostela

One of the newer projects of the Area of Europe is ‘Camino Companions’: a place where FCJs welcome pilgrims as they arrive in Santiago de Compostela. We organise the Mass in English in a side chapel of the Cathedral, but mostly, we are in the pilgrim office offering reflection sessions for individuals or groups, or we hang around and chat to the pilgrims as they arrive and are queuing to get their compostela -- the certificate that proves they have walked at least 100 kms or cycled 200 kms to Santiago de Compostela.
There is something magical about the name itself: ‘Santiago de Compostela’. For, however long pilgrims have been on their way, reaching Santiago was their focus, their destination, their purpose. Even before actually setting off on pilgrimage, just thinking about it, dreaming about it and planning, is loaded with anticipation, hopes and dreams for pilgrims. It’s what gets them up in the morning, what makes them put one foot in front of the other. But…

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