Tuesday, February 12, 2008

70,000 at Mass in Lourdes for 150th Anniversary

I have some pictures to edit and upload from Assumption Grotto's celebration of the 150th anniversary of the apparitions at Lourdes. But, it will have to wait until I get home tonight.

In Lourdes, some 70,000 assisted at the anniversary Mass! From AFP:

LOURDES, France (AFP) — Around 70,000 Catholic pilgrims descended on Lourdes Monday for a mass commemorating the 150th anniversary of a series of visions of the Virgin Mary by a young French shepherdess.

More than 25 bishops and 800 priests were in attendance at the service celebrated by the Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes, Jacques Perrier and the Archbishop of Marseille Bernard Panafieu.

The mass took place in a field opposite the Massabielle shrine where the mother of Jesus Christ is said to have first appeared in a vision to Bernadette Soubirous on February 11, 1858.

Simultaneously at the Vatican in Rome a rib belonging to Soubirous was ceremoniously conveyed to Saint Peter's Basilica to mark the anniversary.


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