The Way of the Cross

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Start from St. James Parish Church | Chilomoni High Road, Blantyre 123, Malawi
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Few people know about this, even in Malawi. In Chilomoni, just outside Blantyre, lie the twin spires of a modern church. It is the base camp for the Way of the Cross, a 4km rough trail up a mountain to what may just be the world’s most unexpected shrine to the Virgin Mary. Njira Ya Mtanda (“Way of the Cross”) was built by an Englishman to replicate a shrine in former Yugoslavia. The popularity of the shrine, consecrated in 2006, centers on the important role Mary plays in local life and the tradition of pilgrimage, some claiming it to be a cure for ill health woes.
The trail takes an hour and half to zigzag up via 15 stations, each detailing a moment in Jesus’s walk to Calvary. It is popular with Malawi’s Catholics, locals and visitors in the know. There is an undeniable calm at the top and a sense of spirituality, which are well worth the visit.

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