· Vatican City ·

Of the total number of people who complete the Camino de Santiago [Way of St James], fifty percent are women. Three years ago, this percentage was higher still, but then the pandemic stopped religious itineraries and visits to places of worship too. The Covid restrictions have not been easy for anyone, and even less so for women, for just when there was the greatest need for consolation, they were denied the possibility to express their devotion. Gradually, women can once again go on pilgrimages as they resume, for example the grotto of Lourdes has reopened. These journeys are more than just devotional manifestations of faith; after all, women need to both undertake this type of physical and spiritual journey, and interiorly as an expression of freedom.