2023 main pilgrimage: NCPC, state pilgrimage leaders inspect Holy Sites in Rome, Greece 

A delegation of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) and states pilgrimage leaders and managers, Saturday, arrived Rome, Italy on pre-inspection visit ahead of the 2023 pilgrimage to Rome and Greece.

Led by its executive secretary, Rev Dr Yakubu Pam, the commission’s team arrived Fiumcino International Airport, Rome about 1:30 pm local time, and were received by the ground handlers.

A press statement issued by Celestine Toruka, the commission’s Head Media and Public Relations, said the team would visit some of the important holy sites and inspect hotels that would be used by the intending pilgrims for the forthcoming pilgrimage early in 2024.

“The delegation is billed to inspect and visit some important Biblical holy sites in Rome and Greece, but would spend four nights in Rome before departing for Greece.

“While in Rome, the delegation would visit Mamertine Prison, St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, amongst others.

“The delegation comprises, the Permanent Secretary General Services Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Maurice Mbaeri, NCPC Directors and Chairmen and Secretaries of the various States Christian Pilgrims Welfare Boards,” he stated.

NCPC, states pilgrimage leaders and managers had resolved to use Rome and Greece as the next pilgrimage destination options for the December 2023 main pilgrimage exercise, in view of the ongoing war between Israel and Gaza,  hence the pre -visit to the two countries.