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mspath

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t2andreo

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But señor, THIS is Spain. Sometimes, it is who you know that gets things done.

That said, I think it is a good idea. But, I would not get too carried away with approving Compostelas for ‘alternative” routings - too often. This was clearly a one-off that merited special treatment. These people are repaying a debt to society. This is an excellent way to start a rehabilitation process.

I almost posted the same article earlier. You beat me to it. Thanks.

Tom
 

Faye Walker

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I do hope that in addition to receiving their compostela, that the incarcerated men were also granted a pilgrim’s mass. Many might not be Catholic, but neither are all who go to the mass at the Cathedral at the end (Or to the chapel at the compostela office, or to St. Francis…), and even for those who do not believe, the event can be deeply moving.
And so I do hope that this happened for them. My Spanish is not good enough yet to know if I missed it in the article.
Anyone?
 

Smallest_Sparrow

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2012: most of some, all of a few, a bit of others
I think it’s good news. That much walking was good exercise, and helped people experience long term planning and delayed gratification: often those who commit crimes have different brain wiring that makes both of those things difficult. And if you’re busy walking less time to get into trouble.

Personally I don’t spend much time worrying about whether others got something I got but for less effort, e.g. did they cut some corners on the mall or Haines Point during the Marine Corp Marathon…not important to whether I finished. But then, I don’t mind ppl getting a larger tax break as long as my taxes also go down. In short, I’m self-centered

and while I often look at my credentials and their stamps (and debate framing them), my compostella is in a drawer in my library….maybe…I think.

im very happy for the men who did this Camino behind walls.
 
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Smallest_Sparrow

Life is rarely what you expect or believe it to be
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2012: most of some, all of a few, a bit of others
I do hope that in addition to receiving their compostela, that the incarcerated men were also granted a pilgrim’s mass. Many might not be Catholic, but neither are all who go to the mass at the Cathedral at the end (Or to the chapel at the compostela office, or to St. Francis…), and even for those who do not believe, the event can be deeply moving.
And so I do hope that this happened for them. My Spanish is not good enough yet to know if I missed it in the article.
Anyone?
I didn’t see mention of a Pilgrims Mass but since this is a Spanish prison there’s undoubtedly Mass every week. Since the prison chaplain was involved I imagine he mentioned the accomplishments

also I noticed looking at the pictures that they received a certificate from the cathedral (in Spanish) not the Latin Compostella.
 
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After reading this article all one can say is Ultreia!

Thanks, @mspath, for your post. Staying with your title proverb, I began to think of the many literal and figurative ways to Santiago. I know from experience a few of the routes. I know why I have walked them, and over the years have learned an amount of things about the origins and development of 'The Camino'. My latest instructor is Tim Moore. I can't recall who is the guilty one, but someone on the forum recently referred to the book he wrote about his walk across Spain with a donkey. Thus far, and I only began to read yesterday - I love his droll approach. Whatever happens to him along the way, he begins by bursting the balloon of the purity of intention of the true pilgrim! If that news item appeared on National TV here in Ireland, many would mumble: Fair Play to them! To borrow a frequently invoked phrase on this forum: their camino, their way!
Indeed - Ultreia!
 

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