Holy Days

After the election of Pope Francis, religious tourism dramatically boosted. Italy has a well established tradition of "white trains" to bring the infirm to holy places for the chance of a miracle, often fervently desired by the family. These journeys gather pilgrims from small villages and remote places, giving a rare opportunity to hundreds of bedridden people to interrupt their reclusive lives to take a religious vacation. We followed a group of 100 pilgrims in their journey from Calabria, Italy, to Lourdes, in France. A 35 hours trip with an obsolete train.

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JEAN-MARC CAIMI | VALENTINA PICCINNI