Walk for Diversity and Dialogue

Tone Minsaas and Kemalettin Suslu from One World in Dialogue
talks to an attentive group of pilgrims from six nations
An interreligious walk for diversity and dialogue took place in Trondheim on the 5th of August 2016. Nearly 40 participants from different religious communities walked together from Lian to Nidaros Cathedral.  The idea behind the walk was to embrace diversity and give the participants better knowledge about each other’s religions, values and ways of life.

We had our lunch break and pilgrim assembly at Utsikten where Kemalettin Suslu from One World in Dialogue gave a speech about the importance  of inter-religious dialogue and the need to free ourselves from old prejudices. On arrival we visited Nidaros Cathedral, the Synagogue in Arkitekt Christies gate and the Mosque in Kjøpmannsgata.

It might be the first time jews, muslims, christians and agnostics get together for a mutual pilgrim walk like this, say the initiators, Hanne Paltiel from the Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities Ahmet Karais  from One World in Dialogue and Stein Thue from Pilgrims Crossing Borders.

We are already looking forward to our next walk and meeting :-)

Photos from the walk are available on our Facebook page


About Us

At the Brenner Pass: Pilgrims crossing the border between Austria and Italy.
Participants from 15 countries walked 4,000 km from Norway to Rome and from Rome to S. Maria di Leuca in 2015. Our pilgrim walks continue in Norway, Germany and Italy in 2016.

Our goal is to build friendship, engage in dialogue and cross borders literally and metaphorically. Our walks will always symbolize diversity and solidarity, and we welcome participants with different backgrounds and religious denominations to walk together.  Cultural events will be organized along the way.

Pilgrims Crossing Borders is a collaborative project made possible thanks to efforts and contributions from the following pilgrim associations and institutions:

The Pilgrim Confraternity of St. Olav, Norway
The Confraternity of St. James, Norway
The Confraternity of St. Hallvard, Oslo
Nordjysk Pilgrimsforening, Denmark
Hauptkirche St. Jacobi, Hamburg
• The Via Romea Stadensis, Germany
The Via Romea Germanica, Italy
Jakobsgemeinschaft Tirol, Austria
Gruppo dei 12, Italy
Club Alpino Italiano
Trondheim Local Authority
The National Pilgrim Centre in Norway
The regional pilgrim centres in Norway

We welcome posts and photos from the walks on our blog and Facebook page.

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Planned Pilgrimages in 2016

Pilgrims Crossing Borders are moving ahead. Our message of tolerance, respect for others, freedom and solidarity is in harmony with the Jubilee of Mercy, and we are celebrating the pilgrim ways with enthusiasm.

Last year we walked from Trondheim to Rome and S. Maria de Leuca in the South of Italy. This year we will continue with shorter walks, but with the cause and spirit of Pilgrims Crossing Borders present. Here’s what’s on the way:

Time span
Contact info
In Germany:
From Gotha to Würzburg
4 - 15 May 2016
Thomas Dahms
E-mail: dahms(at)
In the UK:
From Canterbury to Dover
16 – 17 June 2016
Alberto Alberti
E-mail: ro_albea(at)
In Norway:
From Dovre to Trondheim
29 July - 6 August 2016
Werner Binnen,
E-mail: wernerbinnen(at)
In Italy:
Walks from various points of departure to Rome
April  - October 2016
Arrival and celebration in Rome 9 October
Associazione Via Romea Germanica
E-mail: viaromeagermanica(at) Giovanni Caselli, E-mail: info(at)
From S. Maria di Leuca  to Rome
4 September - 9 October 2016
Alberto Alberti,
E-mail: segreteria(at)
In Palestine/Israel
20 – 29 October
Alberto Alberti
E-mail: ro_albea(at)

Pilgrims Promoting Peace
While pilgrims walk, they bring a hopeful message of international friendship and goodwill. Pilgrims meet people from different cultures, religions, social environments and races, exchanging views and sharing ideas. To them, national frontiers are not dividing barriers between peoples and cultures.

Pilgrimages can be spontaneous expressions of friendship and teamwork, teaching us how to appreciate each other and our diverse cultures. We believe that pilgrimages can inspire peaceful international co-existence.

Our walks in 2015 were dedicated to tolerance, respect for others, freedom and solidarity. Our walks this year will continue to uphold these values, but we are, for obvious reasons including peacebuilding as an ideal in our mission statement. This means that our walks will promote peace and understanding as best we can. Updates from our participants will follow.

You can check our Facebook page and submit relevant info.