Coronavirus: the Order’s Lourdes international pilgrimage cancelled
It has taken place every May for 62 years
Rome, 12 March 2020
The Grotto, Lourdes Sanctuary
In consideration of the worldwide coronavirus alert, and concern for both pilgrims and helpers, the Sovereign Order of Malta has cancelled its annual Lourdes pilgrimage – which has taken place every May for 62 years – and calls for all to pray for those affected.
The Grand Hospitaller, Dominique de La Rochefoucauld: ‘This decision touches us all and above all touches our Lords the Sick. If you cannot visit them, call them; if you cannot call them, write to them. What they need in this moment of solitude is our closeness.’
52nd annual Order of Malta international Lourdes pilgrimage