Lourdes pilgrimage

Thursday morning began with Mass at the Grotto with other English- speaking pilgrims and with Father Uche con-celebrating.

The grotto marks the spot in the cave of the rock of Massabielle where Saint Bernadette saw the Virgin Mary 18 times in 1858. It is the most sacred of all the sanctuaries in Lourdes and has been the natural gathering place for millions of pilgrims who have stood there in silent prayer.