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Vatican's pilgrim charter literally puts spirit in the sky

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Thinking about taking that pilgrimage to the shrine at Lourdes? Wait no longer, the Pope has his own airplane to take you there. In truth, it is the Vatican that has introduced a charter service for Catholic pilgrims. Although the plane won't take passengers directly to heaven, they can at least travel to Mount Sinai, where it is believed that God presented Moses with the Ten Commandments. The service, run by Italy's Mistral Air, is expected to take 150,000 people on pilgrimages around the globe each year. The Boeing 737 will depart from seven Italian airports with destinations including the Holy Land; Fatima, Portugal; and Santiago de Compostela, Spain, with regular service beginning next year. The Vatican logo adorns the airplane's headrests and hostess uniforms. Headrests are also inscribed with religious expressions. The Vatican aims to keep prices low, thereby competing with other airlines such as Ryanair, Europe's discount airline, which already offers flights to Santiago de Compostela. Not content to turn the other cheek, the company said in a statement: "Ryanair already performs miracles that even the Pope's boss can't rival, by delivering pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela for the heavenly price of 10 euros.
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