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CHICAGO, IL (April 8, 2008) – A group of Chicago area Catholics will attend the 49 th International Eucharistic Congress June 20-22 in Quebec City, Canada as part of a ten-day pilgrimage that includes stops at North American shrines in Canada and the U.S. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will attend the Congress and will meet with the Chicago participants. The pilgrimage is being organized under the auspices of the Archdiocese’s Pope John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Association.

The tour departs Chicago early Sunday morning, June 15, with stops at the Venerable Solanus Casey Center in Detroit on June 15, the National Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda, NY on June 16, Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal in Montreal on June 17 and 18 and the Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec on June 19.

Four days and three nights will be spent in Quebec City, allowing pilgrims to: participate in the Eucharistic procession through the city’s streets on June 19, tour the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre, Canada’s oldest pilgrimage site, on June 20 and attend workshops and daily Mass as part of the Eucharistic Congress on June 20 and 21. On Sunday, June 22, the pilgrims will participate in the final ceremony and outdoor Mass on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City’s Battlefields Park before meeting privately with Cardinal George.

On the return trip to Chicago, the tour will stop at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, NY, and at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Lewiston, NY. The tour arrives back in Chicago the evening of June 24.

For more information on the tour, please call 312-602-5373 or visit

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