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The faith of Lieutenant-Colonel Beltrame, the French police officer who swapped places with hostage

The faith of Lieutenant-Colonel Beltrame, the French police officer who swapped places with hostage

On 24 March 2018, a terrorist entered a supermarket in Trèbes armed with a handgun, a hunting knife, and three homemade bombs. He shot two people dead and took others hostage. Police negotiated for release of the hostages, and Lieutenant-Colonel Beltrame offered to take the place of the final one, a woman. Arnaud Beltrame left… Continue Reading

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Camino

Camino

Updated 27 June: About 160 people turned up to this event. Thanks for your encouragement. You can read posts here on this site about this with tag “Camino“. If you are in Christchurch on Thursday, 23 June, do come and listen to Helen and me talk about the Camino and ask questions in the Chapman… Continue Reading

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Camino Blogs

Camino Blogs

There’s plenty of description of and reflection on the Camino, online and offline. Tim Anderson is one of the first people I spoke to about my hopes to walk the Camino. His blog, on his walking of the Camino Del Norte, was one of my first, more-careful exploration of what this might mean for me.… Continue Reading

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Pope Selfies

Pope Selfies

For the image for this post, I started photoshopping my image as a selfie with Pope Francis. I have seen other popes, but not (yet) Pope Francis. It was going to be a bit of fun, and selfies are a bit of fun, just a bit of fun – aren’t they? My post, as often,… Continue Reading

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Accidental Pilgrim

Accidental Pilgrim

They are called pelegrinos, the people walking the Camino, the Way, to Santiago de Compostela – pelegrinos, the Spanish word for pilgrims. Why are they walking? The motivations are many. For many, the motivations are mixed, confused. To get the Compostela in Santiago (the certificate that you have participated in this pilgrimage), you have to… Continue Reading

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Chasing our Shadows

Chasing our Shadows

On the Camino, walking day after day Westwards on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, and onwards to Finisterre (the end of the world), I was very conscious that we were always chasing our shadows. There must be many Jungian overtones and reflections that can be drawn from that (do add your thoughts in the comments… Continue Reading

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Preparing for the Camino

Preparing for the Camino

You can turn what follows, as with all about the Camino, into a metaphor for life as a pilgrimage. I also want to provide concrete assistance to those intending to undertake the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Prepare Language I think it is of real value to get as good as possible at Spanish –… Continue Reading

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