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WEB EXTRA: Film in Comox showing lapsed Catholic on epic pilgrimage

Comox United Church and the Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship will present a film about the famous pilgrimage across France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela.

Hosted by British art critic Brian Sewell, the film will be screened Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

Santiago de Compostela is where the remains of the Apostle James are allegedly buried, and has been the destination of religious pilgrims since the Ninth Century. Every year, tens of thousands of pilgrims walk hundreds of kilometres along different routes, all ending at Santiago.

Sewell, a witty skeptic and lapsed Catholic, travels from Paris through Bordeaux and Lourdes, crosses the Pyrenees to Bilbao, and on to Leon, and Santiago. He visits medieval churches along the way, critiques the church architecture, and talks to modern-day pilgrims.

On the way, he gets tipsy in Bordeaux, seasick on the Spanish coast, deluged by a flood and finishes the last 30 miles of his trip on horseback to qualify as an official pilgrim.

Unexpectedly, he finds that he is deeply moved by the beauty of the medieval churches, the faith of the pilgrims, and the final Mass and Feast of St. James in Santiago, even as he insists that he has lost his faith and doesn’t want it back.

The presentation will be at Comox United Church at 250 Beach Dr. in Comox. Admission is by donation.

— Comox United Church


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