- Oct 22, 2020
In his biggest public appearance since the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, on Saturday the Vatican Secretary of State, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, was scheduled to preside over Mass for the solemnity of the Assumption at the Marian shrine in Lourdes, France.
One of the Catholic Church’s holiest sites, Lourdes, is holding its first-ever online pilgrimage on Thursday, to mark the anniversary of claims by 19th-century girl Bernadette Soubirous that the Virgin Mary appeared to her.
An international virtual pilgrimage to the sanctuary of Lourdes, France, will “affirm the power of prayer” against COVID-19, said the shrine’s vice rector.
Organizers are presenting this as the first world-wide online pilgrimage, and the scope is to help address a $9 million deficit.
Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the papal vicar of Rome who spent 10 days in a hospital with COVID-19, will lead a diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, in August.
On Saturday, Pope Francis will be praying a rosary to implore Mary’s intercession and protection amid the pandemic.