According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, an estimated 300 to 330 million people go on spiritual pilgrimages around the world each year. But why? And what are they searching for? Those are among the questions best-selling author Bruce Feiler explores in a new PBS series, Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler.
In the six-part series, Feiler accompanies pilgrims from the U.S. in their spiritual quests to sites in France, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, India and Nigeria. In the opening episode, Feiler goes to a Roman Catholic shrine in Lourdes, France with the Wounded Warriors, a group of soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Feiler’s books include Walking the Bible: A Journey By Land Through Five Books of Moses and Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths. Feiler also hosted an earlier PBS program, Walking the Bible. The first two episodes of Sacred Journey air Tuesday evening on SDPB1 Television at 7 pm, CT; 6 pm MT.
Feiler joined Dakota Midday and discussed the series.