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Annual Order of Malta pilgrimage to the shrine of Lourdes

London, 24 April 2019

Lourdes – the old Basilica

At the start of every May, the Order of Malta makes its international pilgrimage to Lourdes. This year, the 61st pilgrimage, led by Grand Master Fra’Giacomo Dalla Torre, will welcome over 7,000 pilgrims, including almost 1400 malades. The pilgrims will pray for serenity of soul and peace in the world, ‘to be valiant ‘gainst all disaster’. 

Lourdes – the GrottoThe British Association has been participating for over 60 years, and this year is preparing to bring, among its 255-strong contingent, 55 malades, 8 clergy, 14 medical personnel, as well as 40 young volunteers from the Order of Malta Volunteers (OMV).

The British Association, together with the OMV, also organises an annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, the oldest Marian shrine in Britain, each September.  

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