Inter-Church Travel Ltd, with four years of business and 15.000 passengers to their credit make e move on Monday from Fulham Palace to bright new premises of their own as Buck ingham Gate. and with promise of full travel and theatre ticket booking services.
Coupled with the move and in view of the ecumenical nature of their work and the fact that profits go to promote Church unity work, the directors have decided to divest themselves of some of the load of spiritual responsibility by inviting a Pilgrimage Advisory Council to guide them in this responsible task.
Fr. Roland Potter, 0.P., of Blackfriars. Oxford, is the English Catholic representative on the committee, which has as its president the Anglican Bishop of Exeter and includes clergy. laymen. biblical scholars. historians and archaeologists from several denominations.
Inter Church Travel's 1964 aeason has already started with a bang: Demands for their Holy Land pilgrimages (all under the guidance of fully-qualified leaders) have made it necessary to plan weekly air departures: and the 450 places on the 1964 Spring Cruise "Voyage of A Lifetime" — which will include groups from France. Belgium and Germany — have nearly all gone.
The Advisory Council will make suggestions from time to time on joint ecumenical pilgrimages and they have already suggested that there should be a resident director of pilgrimages in the Holy Land.
They would like to see funds raised and grants made to students. clergy and church workers to visit the Holy Land. Weekend visits to special shrines. coach tours of France and Germany to visit shrines with British connections, provision for teachers and sixth formers, and means for forging links between Britieh and Continental dioceses are among the points under discussion.
A pilgrimage to Spain for 1964 has been arranged for which Spanish Jesuits have already promised their full co-operation.
Enquiries regarding travel should be accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope and sent to: Going Away, " Catholic Herald ", 67 Fleet Street, London, E.C.4.