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Lourdes, 8th December: floral tribute to the Immaculate Conception

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Every year, on the 8th December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Pope pays homage to Mary by laying a bouquet of flowers at the foot of a statue of Mary in Rome, in the Plaza de España. On 8th December 2017, at the very place where the Virgin said: I am the Immaculate Conception, the Sanctuary of Lourdes will associate itself with the Holy Father's gesture. Thousands of flowers, offered by web-pilgrims, will be deposited at the Grotto, at the feet of Our Lady, to associate themselves with this homage. It will also be a way to inaugurate the 160th anniversary of the Apparitions of Mary to Bernadette.
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rose(s) at the Grotto of Lourdes

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A little history


Every year on 8th December, as a Roman among the Romans, the Pope goes on pilgrimage to the foot of a column which carries a statue of the Virgin Mary in the Plaza de España in the historic heart of Rome. It is decorated with flowers by the inhabitants of the city, from public Services to anonymous citizens. Traditionally the firemen bring the first flowers before the Pope lays down his bouquet. With the aid of a large ladder they place a crown of flowers on the right arm of the statue of the Virgin Mary.
This floral tribute on 8th December, a public holiday in Rome, has existed since 1938. It was inaugurated by the Pontifical Academy of the Immaculate Conception.
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