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Tranquillity, spirituality, friendship

Old hands and first-timers at the Order’s 55th international annual Lourdes pilgrimage

Lourdes 8 May 2013

The Lourdes procession in brilliant sunshine

In unexpected brilliant sunshine, in an atmosphere of tranquillity, of spirituality and friendship, more than 6,000 members, volunteers and the sick from all over the world gathered in Lourdes 3-7 May for the Order of Malta’s 55th annual international pilgrimage. The British Association can proudly lay claim to an even longer pilgrimage presence.

Returning pilgrims greeted each other affectionately – a tradition that many can count in generations. This year, first-timer Emily Hunter accompanied and cared for her grandmother, now in her nineties and a pilgrim of many years’ standing.

Del Hunter and grand-daughter Emily

Del Hunter and grand-daughter EmilyThe pilgrimage is a year in the planning, to ensure that the hardworking members and volunteers – the medical personnel, stretcher bearers, special needs pilgrims, their attendants – all enjoy this intense experience.

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The mission of the Order of Malta is inspired by its tradition of ‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum', to assist the poor and the sick, and bear witness to the Christian faith.


The Sovereign Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law. The Order - which is based in Rome, in via Condotti - has its own Government, an independent magistracy, and bilateral diplomatic relations with 110 countries.


The Order of St John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation. Present in Palestine in around 1048, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature.