Medieval Pilgrims and Leprosy

One of the skeletons buried in the leprosy cemetery in Winchester appears to have been a pilgrim.


CHR Comment: The spread of leprosy preceded the crusades. Europeans may have contracted the disease while on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and brought it back to western Europe.

Source: Leprosy: Medieval pilgrim burial sheds light on how disease spread


Italy Seizes 3,500 Fake ‘Apostolic Blessings’ in Rome

Police said Monday they had seized 3,500 fake Vatican parchments that were being sold to unsuspecting pilgrims taking part in Pope Francis’ Holy Year celebrations.

CHR Comment: The counterfeit parchments commemorate pilgrimages to Rome and personal blessings. They would be worth $76,000 U.S. The Vatican sells its parchments as fund raising for charity. They have decided not to outsource the production of such parchments in the future.

Source: Italy seizes 3,500 fake ‘Apostolic Blessings’ in Rome – The Washington Post