8 Million Steps for Christianity
When the project first began in 2019, our original goal was to walk the duration of Europe and the Middle East to Jerusalem. A distance which was accomplished in the 2012-2013 pilgrimage from Sweden to Jerusalem, using the traditional overland route to Jerusalem, as was used in Medieval times.
Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, in the summer of 2021 it was determined that the eight million steps would now be covered through a collective effort. Done at different places and locations throughout the world. The following is our official record of recognized pilgrimage treks for Steps for Christianity.
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The inaugural Steps for Christianity hike occured in the city of Hermannstadt and the village of Michelsberg in the region of Transylvania, culminating in a vigil by the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in the hilltop Medieval church in Michelsberg.
A pilgrimage to the Roman Catholic basilica of Radna and the ruins of Siria hilltop fortress took place was undertaken, with a vigil in the Greek Catholic Chapel of Mary Magdalene in Timișoara.