Italian Leader Hopes to Reopen Pilgrim Road

Former European Commission president Romano Prodi, who is running for election as Italy's prime minister next year, says if elected he will try to revive the 1,200-mile Via Francigena, a medieval pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome dating back to the 10th century.

The announcement is being received favorably among Italy's millions of Catholics. Prodi hopes it will be as successful as the Camino de Santiago to Santiago de Compostela route in Spain, which attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists annually.