Seven planes full of Irish pilgrims head for Lourdes
Seven planes carrying sick pilgrims, medics and volunteers will leave Dublin this afternoon as part of the country’s largest ever pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Up to 2,000 people are taking part in the pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of Dublin alone.
Later tonight in St Bernadette’s Church in Lourdes, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is due to lead the congregation in prayers for peace in Syria.
The Archbishop said that with Pope Francis and the whole Church, Dublin pilgrims will pray in Lourdes, “this place of extraordinary serenity,” for peace in Syria and for peace in the world.
Prayer services for peace are being held in individual parishes throughout the day.
Despite extensive flooding in Lourdes the world-famous Marian Shrine just over two months ago, the pilgrimage has gone ahead as planned with minimal changes to the itinerary.