Under Heavy Security, Catholic Pilgrims Visit Lourdes Shrine

Watched over by French soldiers and police, Catholic pilgrims from around the world prayed together for healing and peace Monday at a grotto shrine in Lourdes where exceptional security greeted the spiritual travelers due to recent extremist attacks.

CHR Comments: The Feast of the Assumption of Mary was observed without incident. The article includes a brief account of the visions and miracles associated with Lourdes.

Source: Under heavy security, Catholic pilgrims visit Lourdes shrine – The Washington Post

Fleeing Iraqi Christians Find New Life in Lourdes

For Iraqi Christians fleeing Islamic State militants in their native land reaching Lourdes, the French town long synonymous with miraculous religious visions, feels little short of a modern-day miracle.

CHR Comment: More than half of Christians in the Near East have fled the region to find refuge from militant Islam. At Lourdes, a Christian couple that fled ten years ago is making arrangements for others to emigrate and find new lives.

Source: Fleeing Iraqi Christians find new life in Lourdes