The Meaning of Modern Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage is important to many religious traditions. By viewing its various aspects and learning about the significance of places of pilgrimage, we can deepen our understanding of, and often our respect for, other religious faiths and their adherents. We should also note that pilgrimages are not always religious, and may be journeys to important secular sites. With our special feature we hope to deepen people’s understanding of humanity’s aspiration for the sacred by examining the significance of pilgrimage, whether religious or secular, for contemporary society.