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Digital pilgrimage: Exploring Catholic monastic webcasts

TitleDigital pilgrimage: Exploring Catholic monastic webcasts
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsGolan, O, Martini, M
JournalThe Communication Review

This study questions how religious webmasters view the objectives of their webcasting in relation to pilgrimage. Findings uncovered four facets: (1) mediation of the holy sites and experience; (2) bonding between Holy Land communities and global believers; (3) cultivating agents; (4) media experiences as a pilgrimage surrogate. Drawing on Walter Benjamin, the study elucidates how online videos evoke proximity to the sacred, thus connecting holy sites and believers, while affirming webmasters as secondary actors of religious authority.