ARCHBISHOP Patrick Kelly has led a group of more than 1,100 pilgrims to Lourdes on the 75th annual Liverpool archdiocesan pilgrimage. The pilgrimage took place between July 30 and August 5.
On the morning following their arrival, a Sunday, the travellers celebrated a welcome Mass in St Bernadette’s Church, fol lowed by a reconciliation service in the evening. On Tuesday they were joined by other English pilgrims from the dioceses of Arundel and Brighton and Hexham and Newcastle for a Mass in front of the Grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St Bernadette in 1858. Among other services during the week spent at Lourdes, the Liverpool group took part in the traditional Marian torchlight processions and an international Mass in the Basilica of St Pius X with fellow pilgrims from around the world. As well as these formal events, participants had the opportunity to visit the Grotto for private prayer, and sick pilgrims were able to bathe in the baths at the shrine.