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My pilgrimage to Lourdes

What I learnt on a pilgrimage

17 June 2023

9:00 AM

17 June 2023

9:00 AM

‘Will someone steal my coat?’

‘No, you’re on a holy pilgrimage,’ my son’s Irish carer-companion Rosemarie reassured him. We were going to Lourdes, where in 1858 a poor peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous, had 18 visions of the Virgin Mary.

At Stansted I’d lost a tooth. I had a bad knee and an ancient foot injury.

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