Search 62305 Camino Questions

A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it


Pilgrims on bleedings hands and knees, wearing sack cloth


Veteran Member
Time of past OR future Camino
2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
Some crawled for miles on their bleeding hands and knees. Others dragged cinderblocks and stones along the asphalt. Many arrived at the chapel exhausted and bleeding after excruciating treks barefoot, on their knees, or even dragging themselves along the ground. Many wore the traditional sackcloth of penitence. Observers said there were more young people than usual.
Thousands of Cubans made the annual pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Lazarus on Wednesday, paying tribute, fulfilling vows and seeking favors from the crippled icon known on the island as the miraculous saint. It's traditionally one of communist Cuba's most important religious events, but this year the pilgrimage carried a special urgency. Cuba is reeling after three major late-summer hurricanes destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes and sparked continuing food shortages in a country already struggling to feed itself.
"You can see the pain in the eyes of people left without homes and without food," said Catholic nun Anabel Palacios, a member of the Daughters of Charity order. "You see the pain of families separated by migration. Nearly every family has relatives who have left."
The faithful began arriving Tuesday night at the chapel housing a giant statue of St. Lazarus in the dusty village of El Rincon, an agricultural hamlet a 40-minute drive outside Cuba's capital. People started streaming into the church at midnight as the saint's feast day began, bearing flowers and offerings.
The religious outpouring reflected the latent spirituality of many Cubans after nearly five decades of communist rule that for a long time marginalized religion. Open displays of faith were long considered "counter-revolutionary." In 1998, the late Pope John Paul II visited the St. Lazarus shrine during his historic visit to Cuba.
"This is a day in which Cubans can express themselves freely," Palacios said. "No one can control this. It is spontaneous. The state has never been able to stop this."
The day is especially significant because it brings together Catholics and believers of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, who recognize St. Lazarus as Babalu-Aye.
Peaceable Projects Inc.
Peaceable Projects Inc. is a U.S.-based non-profit group that brings the vast resources of the wide world together with the ongoing needs of the people who live, work, and travel on the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail network in Spain.
Camino Socks
Browse the Camino Socks collection on the forum shop

Most read last week in this forum

When I arrived in SdC, i was surprised how many rainbow and LGBT comunity I saw in that old catholic city. Did not expected that. What you think about that?
I now have three Compostelas and two other certificates of completion from my caminos. I’m wondering if there are any creative ways to display them and also to display my passports. Just framing...
I intend to walk with my dog. I’m just wondering if anyone here has done that or might have input on things I need to consider… which I might have already considered… or not? I don’t want...

Similar threads

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Updates on YouTube

Camino Conversations

Most downloaded Resources

This site is run by Ivar at

in Santiago de Compostela.
This site participates in the Amazon Affiliate program, designed to provide a means for Ivar to earn fees by linking to Amazon
Official Camino Passport (Credential) | 2022 Camino Guides