Egypt’s Ambassador to Rome, Hesham Badr, has said on CBC Extra TV satellite channel that the first group of Italian tourists to visit Egypt for pilgrimage will arrive to Cairo on 17 June for a visit that would extend to 21 June. The pilgrims will visit the sites the Holy Family: Baby Jesus, Mother Mary, and St Joseph trod on their Biblical flight to Egypt from the face of Herod the King in the first AD century. These sites dot Egypt from its northern outposts in Sinai to the southern area of Assiut, some 350km south of Cairo. Today, they are home to churches, monasteries or convents, and include caves and water wells. The Holy Family trail was approved as a Vatican pilgrimage site last year, 2017.
The Egypt pilgrimage trip is organised by the Italian travel company Unitalsi, and includes visits, in addition to the Holy Family trail, famous Egyptian touristic landmarks such as the Giza Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum.
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16 April 2018