July 16, 2007 |
Pope Benedict XVI is planning numerous trips abroad in the coming year, including visits to the United Nations, Australia, Austria and a shrine in Lourdes, France, the Vatican spokesman said. The first of the pope's confirmed trips will be a Sept. 7-9 visit to Vienna, where he plans to deliver an important speech to diplomats, the Rev. Federico Lombardi said, without elaborating.
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February 17, 1995
The owner of the Queen of Peace Ministry travel agency agreed to notify customers that his spiritual pilgrimage tours have no official connection with the Catholic Church, a prosecutor said. Peter K. Miller operates a travel promotion business advertising spiritual pilgrimages to Lourdes, France; Rome and other religious locations. Miller settled the consumer protection lawsuit without admitting wrongdoing. Deputy Dist. Atty.
August 30, 2007 |
Even holy water from the Roman Catholic shrine at Lourdes, France, can't get by airport security screening passengers for suspicious liquids. Passengers on a new Vatican-backed charter airline had to hand over containers of water collected at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral to security officials at the airport in southern France before boarding a return flight to Rome, officials for Mistral Air and the airport said, the Italian news agency Apcom reported.
May 9, 1990 |
Roman Catholic Cardinal Tomas O Fiaich, the primate of all Ireland and an ardent Irish nationalist, died Tuesday after falling ill on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, the church announced. He was 66. The cardinal, who was head of the church in both the Republic of Ireland and Protestant-dominated Northern Ireland, died of cardiac arrest in a hospital at Toulouse, 95 miles from Lourdes, officials said.
September 14, 2008
I have been to Lourdes, France, twice -- once as a pilgrim in 2001 and last year as a tourist. Susan Spano wrote such a fine article, which caught the essence of Lourdes ["Slice of Heaven," Sept. 7] that I felt as though I were there again. Spano didn't miss a thing. She is right in saying that traveling as a pilgrim gives an insight that is not possible as a tourist. I imagine that is probably true in many other places. Thank you for the article. Spano always captures more than the obvious.
June 7, 1987 |
Pope John Paul II on Saturday led millions of Roman Catholics in prayers devoted to Mary, the mother of Jesus, through a satellite network that reached 29 countries in five continents. The televised event, said to be the most ambitious ever undertaken, marked the opening ceremony of the Marian year, a period designated by the Pope for special devotion to Mary. The period runs from June 7 to Aug. 15, 1988. The ceremony, beamed from St.