Pilgrims Start in Sarria, Spain


leaving ABQ 061215Five members of the Cathedral, including Canon Shawn Wamsley left Albuquerque International Airport on Saturday, June 12. Two days later, they picked up their Pilgrimage credentials in Sarria, Spain.

credentialThe Credential del Peregrino is the document that pilgrims carry. At each stop, they obtain a stamp. When reaching Santiago de Compostela, pilgrims present their credential, certifying that they have walked at least 100 km. Then they receive a Compestela, a document certifying their pilgrimage.

The Cathedral pilgrims will travel the final 113 km, approximately 70 miles, along the Camino de Santiago de Compestela route used for centuries by pilgrims. Sarria is in northwestern Spain, and a popular starting point for the pilgrimage. It also is popular because it is offers many services with good access to railway and road.  Sarria is also home to the 13th-century church O Salvador, located on Rúa Maior.

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