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August 16, 2010

Lourdes, France, Aug 16, 2010 / 05:44 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate the Marian Sanctuary in Lourdes on Sunday because of a bomb threat. Allowed to return later in the day, the faithful returned to the programmed schedule of worship and took part in the traditional afternoon procession.

May 21, 2010

Vatican City, May 21, 2010 / 08:00 pm (CNA) .- Lourdes, France is this weekend's destination for thousands of military personnel and their families who will participate in the 2010 International Military Pilgrimage.Since 1958, the Shrine has seen soldiers from all over the world come in peace to venerate Mary.

September 26, 2008

London, England, Sep 26, 2008 / 05:07 am (CNA) .- This week the Archbishop of Canterbury became the first Anglican leader to visit the Marian shrine at Lourdes in France. During his three-day visit, he preached a homily at an international Mass and made remarks which critics construed to mean that he accepted the reality of the Marian apparitions at Lourdes...

September 15, 2008

Lourdes, France, Sep 15, 2008 / 12:54 pm (CNA) .- The Holy Father thanked the French for their hospitality during his four-day trip that ended with a departure ceremony on Monday afternoon.  During his closing remarks, the Pontiff recalled that before the Grotto of Massabielle, he spent time praying for the pilgrims, for the Church, for France, and for the world.

Lourdes, France, Sep 15, 2008 / 12:36 pm (CNA) .- In one of the most emotional moments of his trip to Lourdes, Pope Benedict XVI presided over a Mass this morning at the Shrine of Lourdes before thousands of sick patients.  In his homily, he reminded the pilgrims that “Christ's presence comes to break the isolation which pain induces.”

Lourdes, France, Sep 15, 2008 / 12:00 pm (CNA) .- On Sunday evening Pope Benedict XVI gathered all of the bishops of France in the Hemicycle of Bernadette Hall and addressed the numerous issues facing the Church in France. In particular, Benedict defended the Church’s stance on divorce and remarriage, spoke of the Latin Mass and called for the continued defense of the family.

September 14, 2008

Lourdes, France, Sep 14, 2008 / 02:18 pm (CNA) .- More than 100,000 pilgrims gathered in Lourdes on Sunday morning for the final Mass of the celebrations surrounding the 150th anniversary of the apparitions at Lourdes. “There is a love in this world that is stronger than death,” than our sins and our imperfections, the Pope proclaimed as he led the celebration of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

Lourdes, France, Sep 14, 2008 / 01:10 pm (CNA) .- Pope Benedict XVI’s helicopter touched down in Lourdes on Saturday evening to the sight of a multitude of pilgrims waiting to begin the Jubilee Way. After a torchlight procession, the Holy Father spoke to the pilgrims about how at Lourdes, Mary invites everyone to enter into God’s dialogue of love with man, a dialogue that finds physical expression at Lourdes.

Paris, France, Sep 14, 2008 / 12:00 pm (CNA) .- After celebrating Mass in Lourdes on Sunday morning, Pope Benedict spoke about the importance of the Angelus prayer. Addressing an audience of more than 100,000 people, the Holy Father encouraged them to contemplate the “yes” of Mary, and learn from her example how to fulfill their own vocations

September 13, 2008

Paris, France, Sep 13, 2008 / 03:46 pm (CNA) .- Over 200,000 people gathered at the square surrounding the Les Invalides complex in Paris this morning for Mass with the Pope. In his homily the Holy Father urged his listeners to “shun the worship of idols,” including the idea that man can bring “about the kingdom of eternal joy on earth.”

Paris, France, Sep 13, 2008 / 02:30 pm (CNA) .- Shortly after concluding Vespers on Friday evening, Pope Benedict walked out of Notre Dame cathedral to be greeted by 10,000 young people. The Holy Father told the youth that he and the Church have confidence in them and entrusted to them the treasures of the importance of the Holy Spirit and of the mystery of the Cross.

Paris, France, Sep 13, 2008 / 01:53 pm (CNA) .- At 7.15 p.m. on Friday, at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Pope Benedict presided at the celebration of Vespers with priests, religious, seminarians and deacons. During his homily, the Pope encouraged greater efforts to be made to enhance the beauty of the liturgy and exhorted clergy to let the Word of God transform them.

Rome, Italy, Sep 13, 2008 / 12:07 am (CNA) .- The Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, said this week the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to France to mark the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes will show that the Gospel is a transforming strength for the world.

September 12, 2008

Paris, France, Sep 12, 2008 / 11:32 pm (CNA) .- With an audience of Christian, Muslim and secular thinkers gathered at the College des Bernadines on Friday evening, Pope Benedict XVI shed light upon the foundations of Europe’s culture—the “search for God and the readiness to listen to him.”

Paris, France, Sep 12, 2008 / 05:06 pm (CNA) .- This evening as Pope Benedict headed to the Collège des Bernardins to speak with cultural leaders, he met with a group of Jewish leaders and stressed the need for a closer relationship between the two faiths, while also condemning anti-Semitism as theologically unjustifiable.

Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2008 / 12:33 pm (CNA) .- Bishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes-Lourdes encouraged the faithful of the world to join in the jubilee for the 150th anniversary of the Marian Apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes, which Pope Benedict XVI will mark this weekend during his visit to the shrine dedicated to her.

Paris, France, Sep 12, 2008 / 10:54 am (CNA) .- Upon arriving in France on Friday afternoon, Pope Benedict XVI called on the French people to engage in a new level openness to the Church, one which recognizes the “irreplaceable role” of religion in forming consciences and in creating a “basic ethical consensus within society.”

September 11, 2008

Paris, France, Sep 11, 2008 / 10:42 pm (CNA) .- Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris, has spoken about Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming visit to France, saying the visit will be an opportunity for French citizens to “get acquainted” with the Pope.

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2008 / 01:09 pm (CNA) .- The vice president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, Archbishop Octavio Ruiz Arenas commented this week on Pope Benedict’s trip to France, saying that it is “truly a Marian pilgrimage” and that “he [the Pope] wants to place great emphasis on the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of Lourdes.”

September 4, 2008

Rome, Italy, Sep 4, 2008 / 08:48 pm (CNA) .- Vicenzo Battaglia, president of the International Pontifical Marian Academy, explained this week that the 23rd Congress the academy will host in Lourdes for the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary to St. Bernadette Soubirous will focus on the doctrinal foundations that explain these kinds of events.

August 11, 2008

Lourdes, France, Aug 11, 2008 / 01:59 pm (CNA) .- A Spanish man said this week that the pilgrimage he took in 2003 to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes was the beginning point of his conversion and the basis for a new book on his testimony.

February 14, 2008

Bogotá, Colombia, Feb 14, 2008 / 01:29 pm (CNA) .- The inexplicable cure of a Colombian religious—whose identity remains a secret—would be the first miracle attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes and officially recognized in Latin America.

February 11, 2008

Paris, France, Feb 11, 2008 / 10:20 pm (CNA) .- Fifty five thousand pilgrims turned out in the southwestern French town of Lourdes on Monday to mark the 150 anniversary of the Virgin Mary appearing to St. Bernadette Soubirous, who was 14 years old at the time.

December 5, 2007

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2007 / 10:51 am (CNA) .- This year marks the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France. On the occasion of the celebrations, Pope Benedict XVI has extended the opportunity for the faithful to receive a plenary or full indulgence.

November 28, 2007

Washington D.C., Nov 28, 2007 / 11:29 am (CNA) .-  Bishop of Lourdes Jacques Perrier announced on Tuesday the opening of a year-long celebration for the 150th Jubilee anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to St. Bernadette Soubirous.