Catholic radio host leads listeners on unusual pilgrimage to Italy

VATICAN CITY – Climbing the Holy Stairs on one’s knees, getting a blessing from Pope Benedict XVI, visiting dark catacombs and downing green Sambuca and mounds of pasta carbonara well past midnight.

That’s just a small sampling from the itinerary of a new and rather novel Italian pilgrimage led by U.S. radio talk show host, “The Catholic Guy,” Lino Rulli.

Rulli and 40 listeners of his nationally broadcast radio show traveled with Father Rob Keighron of St. Helen Church, Howard Beach, N.Y., to have what Rulli called “the best and the worst pilgrimage in the world.”

It was the best, he said, because from July 10-18 they visited and prayed at holy sites in Rome, Florence, Assisi and Siena. It was the worst because not ma