Uniting to bring Lourdes back to life: Lourdes united!

Published on 5 August 2020 - 15:45

The Lourdes United event, the first global e-pilgrimage organised by the Sanctuary of Lourdes, on 16th July 2020, recalled the spiritual and human importance of Lourdes in all continents. Report.

The whole world needs Lourdes, this has been true from the start. But today, as happened particularly in the aftermath of the 2012 and 2013 floods, Lourdes still needs the whole world to help it face a difficult economic situation, a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic which caused the cancellation of almost every pilgrimage. On 16th July, the Sanctuary and all those involved in welcoming visitors to the Marian city shared with the entire world their decision to redouble their efforts to allow as many people as possible to return to Lourdes. This report by Laurent Jarneau, shot on 16th July, looks back on the Lourdes United event while registering it in
the dynamic of a new start for Lourdes. The message of Lourdes remains relevant to us today even in this time of crisis. This is the invitation that the Virgin Mary made to Bernadette Soubirous, “Let people come here …”