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  • Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes 11th of February 2015

    The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is celebrated on the 11th of February. On this important Feast Day, here are my thoughts: AT LOURDES AS THE IMMACULATE- The French Shrine of Lourdes is famous and known throughout the world. In this picturesque French Town which is at the foot of the Pyrenees, Our Lady appeared eighteen times to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. Confirming the dogma proclaimed by Blessed Pope Pius, the Ninth four years earlier, the Mother of God spoke to the little visionary and presented herself as "The Immaculate Conception". She was required to go to the...
  • Carrying physical and emotional baggage, U.S. military visit Lourdes

    05/20/2014 2:10:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    cns ^ | May 19, 2014 | Carol Glatz
    LOURDES, France (CNS) -- About 60 retired or active duty U.S. military personnel packed their uniforms, flags, wheelchairs, canes and the inevitable emotional baggage of their daily struggles to take part in a pilgrimage to Lourdes. While many of these men and women, who had been injured in some way in the line of duty, went to seek peace and healing from this sacred place, some said they also found enormous and unexpected blessings from the people they encountered on their journey. The soldiers, together with family members or caregivers, took part in a "Warriors to Lourdes" pilgrimage, sponsored by...
  • The Truth About Miracles

    01/31/2014 4:52:54 AM PST · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | January 31, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Truth About Miracles Some of the greatest gifts God has given to the Church for evangelism are the gifts of miracles. As a Pentecostal before I became Catholic, I always believed God still performs miracles, but I never saw anything close to what Catholics too often take for granted in both the number and kind of miracles God pours out upon his One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church in every generation. Everything from the raising of the dead, to restorative miracles of the body and more have been experienced in the Church for 2,000 years fulfilling our Lord’s...
  • A new bishop for Lourdes, and a good sign

    02/17/2012 11:04:58 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 17, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    This may be old new for some of you, but it is nice to have good news once in a while.. and repetita iuvant.On the site of Sandro Magister I was reminded that the Holy Father took personal interest in appointing the new bishop of the Diocese of Lourdes in France, a young bishop -hitherto auxiliary in Nanterre, Most Rev. Nicholas Brouwet, who has a bit of a traditional liturgy streak in him. He is only 50 and was ordained in 1992, which makes me feel a bit of an underachiever… thanks be to God.Of note in the article is...
  • "I Am The Immaculate Conception"

    12/09/2011 1:36:24 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 3 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 12/8/11 | Noman
    MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II FOR THE 12th WORLD DAY OF THE SICK (SHRINE OF LOURDES, FRANCE, FEBRUARY 11, 2004) To my Venerable Brother Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragn President of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care 1. The World Day of the Sick, an event held on a different Continent each year, takes on a singular meaning this time. Indeed, it will take place in Lourdes, France, site of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin on 11 February 1858, which since that time has become the destination of many pilgrimages. In that mountainous region, Our Lady wished...
  • Lourdes healing hailed as remarkable [Catholic Caucus]

    03/29/2011 1:43:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Scottish Catholic Observer ^ | March 29, 2011 | MARTIN DUNLOP
    Lourdes healing hailed as ‘remarkable’ The incredible recovery of a French man, who walked the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route in Spain after being cured of a paralysed left leg following a trip to Lourdes is being examined as a possible 68th miracle of the shrine Serge Francois, a TV repair worker said he felt a warm glow spread down his herniated leg during a visit to Lourdes in 2002.After having prayed at the Lourdes Grotto (above) Mr Francois reported the healing to the international Medical Committee of Lourdes (CMIL) and 20 doctors have agreed on the remarkable nature of...
  • Lourdes, Palin and Luke 1:44

    04/18/2010 8:51:12 PM PDT · by Revelation121 · 17 replies · 574+ views
    4/18/2010 | Revelation 121
    I was reflecting on whether the appearance of Sarah Palin on the scene in 2008 had any deeper significance than a mere political phenomenon. Perhaps it is no more than that. But the timing and some of the other circumstances indicate that it may be much more. Interestingly, Sarah Palin's 44th birthday, which occurred on February 11, 2008, coincided with the beginning of the sesquicentennial, or 150th, anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to a young French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, in the village of Lourdes, France. Lourdes is principally known for the numerous cures that have taken...
  • Material Girl: Madonna set to design junior clothing range inspired by daughter Lourdes

    03/12/2010 2:11:55 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 11 replies · 548+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 8:40 AM on 12th March 2010 | Maysa Rawi
    She created a look that defined a generation, has served as a muse to Jean Paul Gaultier and starred in campaigns by designers including Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabanna. Now Madonna, 51, is set to design her own clothing range - for children. Not content with singing, modelling and acting, the diva is keen to turn her hand to designing. With help from daughter Lourdes,13, the queen of pop is collaborating with U.S. based Iconix Brand Group to create new venture MG Icon. The first collection, 'Material Girl', available at 200 Macy stores and online, will comprise of back-to-school...
  • Healing gift from Lourdes visit frees ALS victim from wheelchair (Catholic Caucus)

    08/25/2009 5:39:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 500+ views
    cna ^ | August 25, 2009
    The grotto at Lourdes where the Blessed Mother appeared to St. Bernadette Turin, Italy, Aug 25, 2009 / 12:03 am (CNA).- A woman who suffered from a severe nerve disease now no longer uses her wheelchair and has even gone for a run, after she visited to Lourdes earlier in August. The woman credits the baths at Lourdes for the gift of her improved health.Antonia Raco, 50, had been in a wheelchair for four years because of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrigs Disease. She made a trip to the shrine at Lourdes on August 5.''Ever...
  • Cuba, Cyberwar and Toilet Paper

    08/21/2009 4:57:07 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 939+ views
    UBIWAR.com ^ | 20 August 2009 | Posted in ubiwar by Tim Stevens
    SNIPPET: "In March, La Nueva Cuba, an online newspaper, reported that Russian personnel has been in Cuba for several months working on modernizing SIGINT operations in the old Lourdes surveillance and monitoring facility. The Web site said the supposed renovation was: part of a project of rearming and modernization of Russian armed forces and the goal of completion by 2011. The new operations could include military sections dedicated to hacking or computer systems espionage with a capacity to neutralize U.S. military networks Then last week, an opinion piece appeared in Miami Herald. The headline: Cuba capable of waging a cyberwar....
  • Catholic Caucus: The Allure of Lourdes

    08/02/2009 3:23:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 392+ views
    Trdition Family and Property ^ | Friday, July 31, 2009 | John Horvat
    The Allure of Lourdes Written by John Horvat Friday, July 31, 2009 A Place of Violent ContrastMy first impression of Lourdes was that it is a place of dramatic contrast, born of violence and extremes. I found it unexpectedly dramatic. The rocky foothills of the Pyrenees are filled with abrupt cliffs, mysterious caves and scraggly brush. The River Gave rapidly flows with violent intensity. While praying at the Grotto, it was not uncommon to feel sudden gusts of strong winds that added to the sense that something different and important was happening there. The intensely hot sun of...
  • Lourdes: Possessed woman kills mother with crucifix

    03/26/2009 6:09:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 449+ views
    Digital Journal ^ | March 26, 2009
    A disturbing case in France. A French woman who thought that she was possessed by the Devil has murdered her elderly mother with a crucifix. The killing took place in the Catholic site of pilgrimage Lourdes, in the French Pyrenees. French media reported the case on Wednesday. I had visions in a dream. I saw that I was the Devil, said the 34-year old woman to police officers after her arrest. Her apartment in Lourdes was replete with crucifixes. She killed her 81-year old mother with one of the crucifixes and a lamp. After the murder on Monday evening she...
  • 'Crucifix' killing in French pilgrimage town [Lourdes]

    03/25/2009 5:36:42 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 3 replies · 386+ views
    Google News page ^ | 26 March 2009 | Anon
    A woman who thought she was the devil killed her elderly mother with a crucifix and other objects in the French Catholic pilgrimage town Lourdes, officials and press reports said Wednesday. ... The Depeche du Midi newspaper said she had grabbed one of the many crucifixes adorning their apartment in the southwestern town and used it along with other objects to beat her mother to death overnight Monday. The paper said she had told police: "I had visions in a dream. I saw that I was the devil, that I was evil." ...
  • Church doctors bail out of miracle business at Lourdes? Not so fast [Catholic Caucus]

    12/04/2008 1:10:45 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 496+ views
    CNS ^ | December 4, 2008 | Regina Linskey
    A pilgrim prays at the foot of a statue of Mary at the sanctuary in Lourdes Feb. 10, the eve of the 150th anniversary of Mary's first appearance to St. Bernadette. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec) A lede like the one The Associated Press published yesterday — “An international doctors’ panel appointed by the Roman Catholic Church says it’s getting out of the ‘miracles’ business at Lourdes” — might raise some eyebrows.  But relax, oh faithful believers in the miraculous healing powers of the spring waters of Lourdes. The doctors never really dubbed a cure a miracle. They are the first step in a long process.Last February while in...
  • Mary Unites Christians, Cardinal Tells Anglicans (Pilgrimage to Lourdes Called a Miracle)

    09/25/2008 4:37:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 60 replies · 641+ views
    ZNA ^ | September 25, 2008 | Inmaculada lvarez
    LOURDES, France, SEPT. 25, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Devotion to the Virgin Mary has an essential role in ecumenical dialogue and the journey to full and visible unity among Christians, says the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.Cardinal Walter Kasper affirmed this Wednesday when he presided over an ecumenical celebration in Lourdes, where Anglicans and Catholics had joined on pilgrimage. Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury gave the homily at the event. The pilgrimage began at the Anglican shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in England. "Lourdes is known for its miracles," Cardinal Kasper said. "Who would have imagined,...
  • Anglican archbishop comes under fire for homily at Lourdes [Ecumenical]

    09/24/2008 4:03:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 72 replies · 863+ views
    CNS ^ | September 24, 2008 | Simon Caldwell
    LONDON (CNS) -- Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, England, has come under fire for his homily during a pilgrimage to the Marian sanctuaries in Lourdes, France. Archbishop Williams, leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, said in a homily during a Sept. 24 international Mass at Lourdes that when Mary appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 "she came at first as an anonymous figure, a beautiful lady, a mysterious thing, not yet identified as the Lord's spotless mother. "And Bernadette -- uneducated, uninstructed in doctrine -- leaped with joy, recognizing that here was life, here was healing," he said....
  • On the Message of Lourdes

    09/17/2008 9:28:37 PM PDT · by ELS · 5 replies · 204+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 17, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    On the Message of Lourdes "There Is No True Love Without Suffering" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 17, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience held in the Paul VI Hall, during which he evaluated his Sept. 12-15 apostolic trip to Paris and Lourdes. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today's meeting gives me the opportunity to review again the moments of the pastoral visit that I made in recent days to France; a visit that culminated with the pilgrimage to Lourdes on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the...
  • Pope delivers anti-euthanasia message at Lourdes

    09/16/2008 5:51:57 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 112+ views
    www.kansascity.com ^ | Sep 16, 2008 | www.kansascity.com
    Pope delivers anti-euthanasia message at Lourdes The Associated Press LOURDES, France | People must accept death at the hour chosen by God, Pope Benedict XVI told ailing pilgrims Monday in an anti-euthanasia message at Lourdes, the shrine that draws the desperate, sick and dying. At the chilly open-air service outside the sanctuary reputed for its curative spring water, some faithful lay on gurneys, tucked into quilts and comforters. The 81-year-old pontiff administered the sacrament of the sick to 10 people, most in wheelchairs, anointing their foreheads and palms with oil. While several European countries permit euthanasia, the Vatican vehemently maintains...
  • Pontiff: Saints Know They Are Sinners [Catholic Caucus]

    09/15/2008 4:48:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 286+ views
    ZNA ^ | September 15, 2008
    LOURDES, France, SEPT. 15, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The only thing that separates a saint from a sinner is that a saint looks less at himself and more at Christ and his love, says the Pope. The Pope offered a commentary on the Eucharist on Sunday night at the conclusion of the Eucharistic procession in the prairie at the Marian shrine in Lourdes. The Holy Father visited Lourdes this weekend to participate in the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Marian apparitions there. He returned to Rome today."Let us accept; may you accept to offer yourselves to him who has given...
  • At Prayer (Pope's pilgrimage to Lourdes) [Ecumenical]

    09/14/2008 2:56:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 215+ views
    WITL ^ | September 14, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    Following today's Mass on the Prairie of Lourdes, B16 led a Eucharistic procession along the grounds... and gave the following meditation: Lord Jesus, You are here!And you, my brothers, my sisters, my friends,You are here, with me, in his presence!Lord, two thousand years ago, you willingly mounted the infamous Cross in order then to rise again and to remain for ever with us, your brothers and sisters.And you, my brothers, my sisters, my friends,You willingly allow him to embrace you. We contemplate him.We adore him.We love him. We seek to grow in love for him. We contemplate him who,...
  • Pope Benedict XVl's Homily at Lourdes

    09/14/2008 9:25:19 AM PDT · by tcg · 6 replies · 217+ views
    On this day when the Churchs liturgy celebrates the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Gospel you have just heard reminds us of the meaning of this great mystery: God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that men might be saved (cf. Jn 3:16). The Son of God became vulnerable, assuming the condition of a slave, obedient even to death, death on a cross (cf. Phil 2:8). By his Cross we are saved. The instrument of torture which, on Good Friday, manifested Gods judgement on the world, has become a source of...
  • Pope Benedict goes to France, and to Lourdes (full coverage and links) [Catholic Caucus]

    09/12/2008 10:14:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 180+ views
    American Papist ^ | September 12, 2008 | Peter Thomas
    Longtime readers of AmP will know that it first carved a small nitch for itself in the Catholic blogosphere by providing complete coverage of Pope Benedict's journies (most extensively during his U.S. visit). While the range of topics that AmP follows has diversified since then, papal trip coverage remains a core mission of this little enterprise, by which it strives to help communicate our Holy Father's teaching and witness beyond the geography of his journey to the worldwide audience he is always courting and addressing. He may be in france, but he is talking to all of us. While...
  • Pope to Pray for World at Feet of Our Lady (of Lourdes) [Catholic Caucus]

    09/10/2008 4:47:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 197+ views
    ZNA ^ | September 10, 2008
    VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 10, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI will pray at the feet of Our Lady of Lourdes for the Church, the sick and for peace in the world when he visits the Marian shrine this weekend. The Pope said this at the end of today's general audience in a message directed to the people of France. The Pope will travel Friday-Monday to Paris and Lourdes. His visit to the Marian shrine takes place in the context of the 150th anniversary of apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette Soubirous."I go as a messenger of peace and fraternity," he said in...
  • Papal calendar: Lourdes visit, four new saints and the Bible Synod

    09/05/2008 9:40:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 215+ views
    CNA ^ | September 4, 2008
    Vatican City, Sep 5, 2008 / 09:50 am (CNA).- This morning the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff published a list of celebrations that Pope Benedict will preside over through the month of November.Among the notable celebrations are: the visit to Lourdes for the 150th anniversary of the apparitions there, the opening of the Synod of Bishops on the Bible, and the canonization of four blesseds.The full schedule is as follows: SEPTEMBER Sunday 7: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Pastoral visit to Cagliari, Italy. Friday 12 - Monday 15: Pastoral visit to France for the occasion of the...
  • Sick person who suffered accident recounts conversion after traveling to Lourdes [Ecumenical]

    08/11/2008 4:20:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 204+ views
    cna ^ | August 11, 2008
    Lourdes, 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.Fifty one year-old Antonio Escobedo Garcias book What Joy! recounts that after suffering a a grave lesion in the lumbar zone of his back, a friend invited him to make a pilgrimage to Lourdes. I agreed not because I thought I was going to be cured, but because I just wanted to get out and...
  • Priest faces questions over how '350,000 destined for Lourdes ended up in his bank account'

    07/17/2008 8:24:15 PM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 16 replies · 89+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 3 July 2008 | Peter Allen
    The treasurer of the Roman Catholic shrine of Lourdes was yesterday at the centre of a major fraud inquiry. Father Raymond Zambelli, 65, rector of the site of 66 recognised miracles, has been asked to explain how at least 350,000 raised for the sick and dying ended up in his account. More than six million pilgrims visit the town in south-west France every year, many of them donating huge amounts of money to its upkeep. Police confirmed that an inquiry into the ' misappropriation of funds' had been launched, looking at several individuals including a priest. Much of the money...
  • The Immaculate Conception [Catholic Caucus open to invitation]

    05/18/2008 6:19:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 113+ views
    Catholic.net ^ | Wade L. J. Menezes, C.P.M.
    The great Auschwitz martyr, St. Maximilian Kolbe (d. 1941), during the 1920s, translated from the original French into Polish the official depositions given to both state and Church officials by Bernadette Soubirous, the visionary of Lourdes, France. Between the dates of February 11th and July 16th, 1858, 14-year-old Bernadette claimed to have seen, a total of eighteen times, a lady wearing a lovely white dress with a bright belt who had on each of her feet a pale yellow rose, the same color as her rosary beads. Following strict investigations, these sightings were approved by the Church as apparitions of...
  • Pope's visit to France confirmed by bishops

    04/29/2008 1:41:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 175+ views
    CNA ^ | April 29, 2008
    Paris, Apr 29, 2008 / 12:37 pm (CNA).- The Bishops Conference of France has officially announced that Pope Benedict XVI will travel to France for the 150th anniversary of the Marian apparitions that took place in Lourdes. The trip, which is scheduled for September 12-15, 2008, will begin with a greeting by French officials after which the Holy Father will head to the College des Bernardins where he will address the world of culture. Then the Pope will pray vespers at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Following the prayer service, he will address young people gathered at the Cathedral. On...
  • Two Charged with Defacing Grotto of Lourdes at Mount St. Mary's (Maryland)

    02/13/2008 6:33:07 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 41 replies · 372+ views
    Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | 2/11/2008 | n/a
    EMMITSBURG, Md. Police have arrested two men they say vandalized the Grotto of Lourdes at Mount St. Marys University. Police estimated the damage at about $1,500. The Frederick County Sheriffs Office said in a news release that Timothy A. Hines, 20, of Silver Spring, Md.; and Jesse R. Huston, 20, of Derwood, Md., were arrested early Sunday. Both are charged with malicious destruction of property over $500, malicious destruction of property under $500, trespassing and defacing religious property, police said. Police said the men entered the Grotto of Lourdes and allegedly damaged a large cross and several glass jars...
  • Vatican marks 150th anniversary of Lourdes girl's visions of Mary

    02/11/2008 11:52:45 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 344+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | February 11, 2008
    A rib belonging to a 19th-century French shepherd girl was on Monday brought to the Vatican at the start of 150th anniversary celebrations of her visions of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France. The relic was conveyed in a solemn procession up the main thoroughfare between Rome's Tiber River and Saint Peter's Basilica, escorted by about 15 Italian police mounted on white horses. According to Catholic tradition, Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, then 14, 18 times in 1858 in the southwestern French village of Lourdes on the slopes of the Pyrenees mountains. The "little shepherd girl," who became a nun,...
  • On Lent... and Lourdes (Benedict XVI's Angelus address)

    02/10/2008 6:29:39 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 308+ views
    WITL ^ | February 10, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    The Pope dwelt both on this First Sunday of the Lenten journey, and this weekend's 150th anniversary of the first apparition at Lourdes at today's Angelus. Translation in full: Dear brothers and sisters! Last Wednesday, with fasting and the rite of Ashes, we've entered into Lent. But what does it mean to "enter into Lent"? It means to begin a time of particular commitment in the spiritual combat that places us against the evil present in the world, in each one of us and around us. It's, so to say, looking evil in the face and fighting against its...
  • Pope OKs plenary indulgence for Lourdes' 150th anniversary [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus}

    02/09/2008 9:38:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies · 223+ views
    CatholicNewsService.com ^ | 12-05-07 | Carol Glatz
    INDULGENCE-LOURDES Dec-5-2007 (500 words) With photo posted Nov. 28. xxxi Pope OKs plenary indulgence for Lourdes' 150th anniversary By Carol GlatzCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To mark the 150th anniversary of Mary's appearance to St. Bernadette Soubirous near Lourdes, France, Pope Benedict XVI authorized a special indulgence to encourage renewed holiness. Catholics can receive a plenary indulgence for taking part in any public or private devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes, said U.S. Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court dealing with indulgences and matters of conscience. As Christians strive to become more...
  • The challenge of finding peace in Lourdes

    02/09/2008 3:59:15 PM PST · by fishhound · 21 replies · 432+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, 9 February 2008, | Emma Jane Kirby
    Lourdes is a massive Roman Catholic pilgrimage site with more hotels than any other French city, except Paris. It reminded me of my father's attic - small, overcrowded, fusty, and so stuffed full of junk that the minute I entered I used to panic, desperate to get out again. So, when I arrived at my very tired-looking hotel, which appeared to be perfumed by the socks of last season's pilgrims and saw its lobby, packed full of gaudy Virgin Mary memorabilia, you will forgive me when the words "Good God!" escaped my lips, and not in any laudatory way. When...
  • Anglicans keep Lourdes anniversary (8 bishops plan unprecedented pilgrimage)

    02/01/2008 6:37:23 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 98+ views
    Church Times ^ | February 1, 2008 | Simon Caldwell
    Where pilgrims seek healing: the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes at the entrance to the Grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes, France reuters EIGHT Church of England bishops are together planning to make an unprecedented group pilgrimage to the Roman Catholic shrine of Lourdes on the 150th anniversary of the reported appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St Bernadette.Since the early 1970s, Anglican bishops have visited the shrine in the foothills of the French Pyrenees at the rate of about one or two a year, but now, for the first time, the Society of Mary, one of the...
  • Trips to Lourdes to Cut Time Spent in Purgatory

    12/06/2007 5:26:23 AM PST · by kellynla · 32 replies · 762+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 3:16am GMT 06/12/2007 | staff
    Pope Benedict XVI is offering relief from purgatory to Roman Catholics who travel to Lourdes over the next year, the Vatican said yesterday. Pilgrims to the shrine in south-west France will receive "plenary indulgences" from the Pontiff, which the Church says reduce the time spent being "washed" of sin after death. The indulgences will be available from this weekend until Dec 8, 2008. The Church teaches that people who do not go directly to heaven must spend time in purgatory, where they can be purified of residual sin. It is the latest initiative to get more pilgrims to the shrine,...
  • A Different Take On Health Care: A Trip to Lourdes (Catholic Caucus)

    11/28/2007 9:52:11 PM PST · by Coleus · 90+ views
    Dow Jones ^ | October 23, 2007 | JOHN W. MILLER
    LOURDES, France -- In 1985, Dutch teenager Marcel Roeg fell off his moped and into the darkness. The smart-aleck jock would never again play goalie, ride a scooter or dance with his girlfriend Marissa. The accident left him brain-damaged and blind. Since that day, Mr. Roeg has spent most of his time in a home for the handicapped, harboring a dream. In the dream, he goes to Lourdes to visit the famous place where in 1858 a 14-year-old peasant girl claimed to see the Virgin Mary. There, he is healed. He rides a motorcycle again. And he is no longer...
  • Pope hopes to visit New York in 2008, also planning to visit Lourdes

    07/15/2007 5:16:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 373+ views
    AP ^ | July 15, 2007
    LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy: Pope Benedict XVI hopes to visit New York and Lourdes, France, in 2008, and also plans to deliver an important speech to diplomats during his upcoming trip to Vienna, the Vatican spokesman said Sunday.The Rev. Federico Lombardi did not specify what the speech would cover during the pope's Sept. 7-9 trip to Austria. Lombardi said Benedict would deliver an "internationally important" speech to diplomats accredited to Vienna-based international organizations.He said early plans are under way for a papal trip to the shrine at Lourdes, to mark the 150th anniversary of the apparition of the Madonna."We also...
  • Catholic Church officials call for more clergy to work at Marian shrine in Lourdes

    07/14/2007 5:45:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 255+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | July 12, 2007 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    WARSAW, Poland (CNS) Church officials have called for more clergy to work at France's Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, after a sharp rise in visitors wanting to make confessions. "Several priests have already asked to come, but we need more for the coming jubilee year," said Father Yvon Peschet, who is in charge of the shrine's Reconciliation Chapel. "It's especially with French-speaking clergy that we really need reinforcements now. But there's a shortage in the dioceses now, and it isn't easy for them to take time off for pastoral work down here." Father Peschet said July 12 that...
  • Paralyzed Woman Cured at Lourdes Shrine

    09/07/2003 5:03:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 69 replies · 1,086+ views
    Total Catholic ^ | September 6, 2003
    Church probes Lourdes cure An almost totally paralysed 60-year-old Italian woman has been instantly cured of her illness in Lourdes this week.And as the amazing and moving story of Giulia Mongelli Tofani emerged, she has announced that she is totally convinced that a prayer to the Blessed Lady was the reason for her incredible recovery. 'I am overjoyed, most happy, Our Lady of Lourdes has cured me,' said Giulia, who prior to her visit was almost completely helpless and had to be spoon fed by her family. 'When I came to Lourdes I was full of anguish, now I feel...
  • 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Lourdes (Catholic Caucus)

    02/25/2007 5:07:52 PM PST · by Theoden · 8 replies · 420+ views
    Lourdes 2008 Jubilate Home Page ^ | 2/25/2007 | Theoden
    I was doing a Wikipedia search on Our Lady of Lourdes and I came across this website. I didn't realize the 150th anniversary was coming up and that there was a large event planned for it and, as far as I know, not many other people have heard of it either. This would be a wonderful pilgrimage opportunity for Church groups. I am thinking about going, and I'll probably take my mother along as well. Check out the website, they even have a live feed! What do you think?
  • fear and loathing at Lourdes (French bishops shudder 'avec peur')

    11/05/2006 11:39:19 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies · 824+ views
    Off The Record ^ | November 3, 2006 | Diogenes
    Today the French bishops opened a meeting at Lourdes, and in his capacity as president of the episcopal conference, Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard made the opening speech. In the course of his address, Cardinal Ricard used the word peur (fear) 11 times, and confiance (confidence, trust) 15 times. He was urging his brother bishops not to panic. Why would the French bishops be inclined toward panic? - Because their parish churches are empty, their seminaries emptier, and Catholic parents aren't bothering to bring their children for Baptism? No. - Because divorce, abortion, fornication, and sodomy are rife; and momentum is building...
  • Drunk Britons shatter peace of Lourdes

    08/20/2006 10:37:43 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 526+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8/20/06 | Peter Allen
    For millions of pilgrims, a visit to Lourdes to take its miraculous healing waters is an intensely spiritual experience. Since Bernadette Soubirous witnessed the first of 18 apparitions of the Virgin Mary almost 150 years ago, the shrine has become a place of quiet contemplation and religious devotion. Hail Mary or Bloody Mary? Lourdes is home to tacky gift shops and numerous bars and clubs But now the town's peace is being shattered by thousands of British tourists whose behaviour has become so bad that officials have brought in riot police. The decision to deploy officers from the notorious...
  • One third of French believe in miracles : poll

    08/09/2006 10:35:43 AM PDT · by Republicain · 23 replies · 417+ views
    PARIS, Aug 8, 2006 (AFP) - More than a third of French people believe in miracles, according to a poll to appear on Thursday, just days before a major annual pilgrimage to the Lourdes sanctuary in southwestern France. Thirty-five percent of respondents to the poll, carried out by TNS-Sofres for the French Roman Catholic magazine The Pilgrim, said they believed in miracles, though they used different definitions for the word. One third of believers defined a miracle as "a phenomenon for which there is no explanation", another third said it was "a happy and unexpected event" while only eight percent...
  • Saint Bernadette of Lourdes (Sermon from 1934)

    04/28/2006 6:28:55 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 286+ views
    The Angelus ^ | February, 1980 | Msgr. Ronald A. Knox
    Saint Bernadette of Lourdes A Sermon by Msgr. Ronald A. Knox, preached February, 1934.ABOUT three thousand years ago, a man stood, thrilled with religious awe, on the slopes of Mount Sinai 'in Arabia. He was a shepherd, feeding on those barren pastures the flocks of his father-in-law; his attention had been aroused, at a distance, by the unwanted sight of a fire in the desert scrub. And now that he had drawn nearer, he saw that this was not merely something beyond the ordinary, but something beyond nature itself; the bush before which he stood burned continually, but was not...
  • Lourdes lobbies for more miracles

    04/02/2006 3:34:14 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 459+ views
    UK Times ^ | 4/2/06 | UK Times
    WHEN is a miracle not a miracle? Lourdes, the French town and religious resort whose spring water is believed by many people to possess healing properties, is considering a change in the rules to allow more cures to be put down to divine intervention, writes Matthew Campbell. The Catholic Church has recognised only a few dozen miracle healings since Lourdes began attracting pilgrims after the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared to a 14-year-old shepherdess called Bernadette in 1858. Worryingly, however, the number of cures has been declining, even as the number of pilgrims has risen. In its infancy,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-11-06, Opt. Memorial, Our Lady of Lourdes

    02/11/2006 9:58:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 26 replies · 356+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 02-11-06 | New American Bible
    February 11, 2006 Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Psalm: Saturday 9 Reading I1 Kgs 12:26-32; 13:33-34 Jeroboam thought to himself:The kingdom will return to Davids house.If now this people go up to offer sacrificesin the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem,the hearts of this people will return to their master,Rehoboam, king of Judah,and they will kill me.After taking counsel, the king made two calves of goldand said to the people:You have been going up to Jerusalem long enough.Here is your God, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.And he put one in Bethel,...
  • Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes

    02/04/2006 9:59:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies · 907+ views
    EWTN.com ^ | 02-03-06 | unknown
    Novena toOur Lady of Lourdes PrayerBe blessed, O most pure Virgin, for having vouchsafed to manifest your shining with life, sweetness and beauty, in the Grotto of Lourdes, saying to the child, St. Bernadette: "I am the Immaculate Conception." A thousand times we congratulate you upon your Immaculate Conception. And now, O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comforter of the afflicted, you know our wants, our troubles, our sufferings deign to cast upon us a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it...
  • Woman whose healing is 67th Lourdes miracle tells her story

    12/21/2005 9:34:22 AM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies · 677+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 12/20/2005 | Cindy Wooden
    LOURDES-MIRACLE Dec-20-2005 (550 words) xxxi Woman whose healing is 67th Lourdes miracle tells her story By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Anna Santaniello said that after volunteers lowered her into the chilly waters at the French Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1952 she was cured of a heart disease and began serving meals to others who had traveled to the shrine seeking healing. Santaniello, 93, recounted her story to Vatican Radio in mid-December, a month after her local bishop announced that hers was the 67th officially recognized miraculous cure to have occurred at Lourdes. Members...
  • Catholic Church vets 67th Lourdes 'miracle'

    11/14/2005 11:00:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 295+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | November 14, 2005
    The Roman Catholic Church has recognised as "miraculous" the case of an Italian woman who recovered from a serious illness following a pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1952, the sanctuary said on Monday. Anna Santaniello's recovery has officially become the 67th "miracle cure" attributed to the sanctuary in southwestern France, Christianity's most visited place of pilgrimage after Rome. Now aged 94, Santaniello had been suffering from Bouillaud's disease, a rheumatic condition which causes trouble with speaking and walking, as well as acute asthma attacks, cyanosis of the face and lips and swelling of the legs. Following her recovery, she returned several...
  • LOURDES TO HEAL CABLE TV MISERY (It's a miracle!)

    11/07/2005 6:01:14 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 626+ views
    NY Post ^ | Nobember 7, 2005
    IT'S a miracle! A four-hour miniseries on Lourdes the French shrine-town famous for its mysterious ability to cure disease and infirmity is about to go into production. A&E, the cable channel, is underwriting the project. "Lourdes" will follow the true story of a terminally ill surgeon who is healed after taking the waters at Lourdes. The doctor returns later to investigate the miraculous power of the site. The series' producer, Paul Lussier, who also did ABC's "Blackout," has been granted access to the Lourdes archives. The archives supposedly contain details of the 68 cases that have been classified as...