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Nidaros Diocese, Trondheim, Norway

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Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway

A founding member of the Green Pilgrimage Network

The diocese of Nidaros, Trondheim is one of nine cities and 22 different organisations and faiths that joined as founding members of the Green Pilgrimage Network, launched at Assisi, Italy, during ARC's Sacred Land Celebration, October 31-Nov 2, 2011. The founder members from Trondheim are:

Rita Ottervik, Mayor of Trondheim; Rev Berit Lånke, Director of the National Pilgrimage Centre, Trondheim; and Bishop Tor Singsaas, Bishop of Nidaros, Lutheran Church of Norway.
  • Nidaros Diocese of the Lutheran Church of Norway
  • The City of Trondheim
  • The National Pilgrimage Centre, Norway
  • The City of Trondheim in Norway was the most northern pilgrimage site for medieval Christians. The patron saint of Norway, King Olav Haraldson, who brought Christianity to Norway, was buried here in 1030. He was declared a saint shortly afterwards, and pilgrimages to his shrine started at once.

    Since 2008, the Municipality of Trondheim has been taking part in a national government energy and climate programme called “Cities of the Future”. The Green Pilgrimage Cities initiative in Trondheim will now become part of that Cities of the Future programme.

    HRH Princess Michael of Kent; The Hon Mrs Sara Morrison, Vice President Emeritus of WWF International; Rita Ottervik, Mayor of Trondheim; Rev Berit Lånke, Director of the National Pilgrimage Centre, Trondheim; and Bishop Tor Singsaas, Bishop of Nidaros, Lutheran Church of Norway at a ceremony commemorating Trondheim, Norway, becoming a founder member of the Green Pilgrimage Network.
    Green Pilgrimage Actions

    The Municipality and the Church of Norway have signed a charter committing themselves to caring for and accommodating pilgrims in an environmentally friendly way:

  • They pledge to make their newly opened National Pilgrimage Centre a model of conservation practice
  • to promote the use of environmental award certificates for local restaurants and hotels, as well as for church buildings
  • to draw up an ecological map for Trondheim
  • to provide clean drinking water for all pilgrims

    Green Pilgrimage news from Trondheim

    FEBRUARY 2012 On the final day of the Assisi 2011 event, the Mayor of Trondheim, Rita Ottervik, along with the Director of the National Pilgrim Centre in Trondheim, Berit Lanke, issued an invitation to all founding members of the GPN to meet in Trondheim in July 2012 as part of their St Olav festival. After subsequent discussions, however, it was decided to postpone that meeting to 27-29 July 2013, again taking place as part of the St Olav festival. This additional time will enable more people to prepare and take action, as well as allowing new members to join – particularly from India – and make this meeting more meaningful. Our friends in Trondheim are also proposing setting up a European chapter of the Network and plan to visit St Albans in England and Luss in Scotland and host a workshop in Trondheim in September 2012 for European partners including the sacred city of Etchmiadzin.

    Useful links

    Download the full Green Pilgrimage Network handbook here

    Visit the official Trondheim website here

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