The day began with Mass at the Grotto at 7.30am. At 10.00am the recently ordained Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes, Bishop John Marc, was the principal celebrant at the International Mass for the Sick in which 15,000 people gathered in the underground basilica to pray for all who are sick and in need of healing and for the many people who care for them. The ceremony concluded with the Angelus at the Grotto. In the afternoon, pilgrims gathered again for Eucharistic Healing and the blessing of the Sick. The final call to prayer was the Marian Torchlight procession and the Rosary. Pilgrims from Killaloe Diocese will travel to Lourdes on June 27th and 2nd October. The Franciscan Pilgrimage will take place on 22nd September. All pilgrimages will leave from Shannon Airport in one hour and fifty minutes flight. Details will be made available in all parishes.
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