Virtual Pilgrimages

If you can’t make it to World Youth Day in Madrid, don’t worry.  There is now a Facebook page where you can view videos and photos and read blog posts. Visitors can also create their own avatar and place themselves virtually into the action.

The page was created by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Check it out here ( Avatars, for those who may not know, are virtual representations of yourself that are often found online and in video games. Over the course of my life, I have created quite a few avatars for video and computer games, but must admit that this is the first avatar I have seen that can travel on a pilgrimage!

For those without Facebook, don’t worry. The USCCB has also created a page for you as well (

So far, more than 2,125 people have created avatars!  You can also click on avatars to see which country everyone is from.

Will you be creating an avatar or following World Youth Day virtually?  Please share!


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