Catholic pilgrims gather in Lourdes under tight security
MALAY MAIL ONLINE –
Thousands of Catholic pilgrims gathered yesterday for the traditional open-air mass in Lourdes during Assumption celebrations, as security remained tight across France after last week’s car attack against a group of soldiers.
“I have heard of lots of tragedies, attacks,” Claire Emmanuelle of Paris said.
“So we’ve come to entrust the entire world to the Virgin Mary”.
About 25,000 pilgrims from across Europe, the Middle East and Asia braved rainy skies to attend the annual four-day pilgrimage at the shrine, one of the biggest dates in the Christian calendar, marking the ascent into Heaven of the Virgin Mary.
In keeping with tougher security protocols in terror-scarred France, 300 police officers and soldiers were deployed to protect the worshippers, who were searched upon entry to the site.