Nouvelles et événements

Letter for the Friends of Lourdes

Thursday, May 9, 2024

The month of May is the month of Mary

May is a good occasion to give thanks to the Virgin Mary. For centuries, Christians have decorated altars and statues of the Blessed Virgin as a sign of piety and devotion. Here in Lourdes, pilgrims from all over the world show their gratitude to Our Lady of Lourdes for the graces she has granted them by giving her flowers.

The Sanctuary invites you to xperience the month of Mary in Lourdes with the major celebrations of the liturgical calendar: the feast of the Ascension (9th), Pentecost (19th), the Holy Trinity (22nd) and the Visitation (31st).

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Come to Lourdes with your pilgrimage banner

Father Daubanes, rector of the Sanctuary, invites you to Lourdes in 2024 to answer the Virgin Mary's call and walk together in procession. Discover or rediscover the simplicity and spiritual richness of the Sanctuary as you set out to explore the Grotto of Massabielle, a place of healing for the heart and soul.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

15,000 military expected from 24th to 26th May

In May, the International military family traditionally gathers together in Lourdes. For the 64th PMI, the ‘sentinels of peace’, as Saint John Paul II called them, will march in procession to the Grotto of Massabielle, and the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

The Olympic flame will pass through the Sanctuary at Pentecost.

The Olympic flame will pass through the Sanctuary on 19th May. This date coincides with the feast of Pentecost, when a flame came down to earth, that of the Holy Spirit who touched each of the apostles ten days after Ascension, in the presence of the Virgin Mary.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

The historical Accueil Marie Saint-Frai celebrated its 150th anniversary in April

Welcoming the sick and those with a disability has been a tradition in Lourdes for decades.

The Accueil Marie Saint-Frai, run by the sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame des Douleurs, is a fine example. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in April.

To mark the occasion, a blessing ceremony on 22nd April was led by Mgr. Jean-Marc Micas, Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes in the presence of representatives of the Sanctuary and the town of Lourdes, volunteers and friends of the Sisters of the Congregation.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

The large reliquary resumes its journey in the Netherlands

Following the restoration of the large reliquary, Bernadette's relics travelled through dioceses in the Netherlands throughout March. Utrecht, Rotterdam, Maastricht... Dutch pilgrims throughout the country were able to pay their respects and offer prayers to Saint Bernadette. The large reliquary will continue its journey to parishes in Brazil in May and June, before visitng Germany from 20th June.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Sanctuary volunteers arrange the flowers given to the Virgin Mary

Every day in May, pilgrims show their gratitude to Our Lady of Lourdes by giving a white flower online or directly at the Sanctuary’s Mass and Candle Office. Every Tuesday, at the foot of the statue of the Crowned Virgin, volunteers arrange the flowers given by pilgrims. Button: take part in the floral tribute.

Give a white flower to Our Lady of Lourdes

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Come to Lourdes and use the Sanctuary's application for orientation

The liturgical calendar for the month of May provides special occasions for prayer. Be present in Lourdes for the feasts of Ascension, Pentecost and the Visitation and be informed of times and venues of celebrations via the Sanctuary's app, a free-of-charge tool designed to help you make the most of your visit to the Sanctuary.

Join the thousands of pilgrims to the Sanctuary who have already downloaded the app

Download the app

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Numerous diocesan pilgrimages from France in the Sanctuary

Pilgrimages by French dioceses have punctuated the life of the Sanctuary during the month of April, adding to the Easter celebrations in Lourdes. Take a look at the highlights of their pilgrimages in the Sanctuary's Flickr photo gallery

Thursday, May 9, 2024

The Montfortains pursue their long history with Lourdes

The Montfortains were on pilgrimage in Lourdes from 15th to 19th April and celebrated their annual gathering in the Marian city. To mark the 75th anniversary of their hospitality, the Montfortian family shared some wonderful moments of fraternity and prayer during different celebrations.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Numerous diocesan pilgrimages from France in the Sanctuary

The 78th ‘Voir Ensemble' pilgrimage was in Lourdes from 22nd to 27th April. ‘Voir Ensemble' is an association that works to improve the well-being of people who are blind or visually impaired. This year, more than 200 pilgrims who are members of the association, prayed at the foot of the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes just as, in the Gospel, the blind man prayed at the Pool of Siloam.