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WorldPope seeks more prayer, less business at Lourdes shrine

15:40  07 june  2019
15:40  07 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in southern France is the site where young Bernadette Soubirous witnessed Marian apparitions beginning on Feb. “This help is welcome to help us better structure our internal organization and to make us more and more at the service of the pilgrims.

LOURDES PRAYER REQUEST to Our Lady of Lourdes , FREE Online Prayer Request form, complete the form for your intentions to be placed at the Lourdes Grotto. Millions of pilgrims come here to Lourdes each year and many of them place their prayers at the Grotto.

Pope seeks more prayer, less business at Lourdes shrine© PASCAL PAVANI Pope Francis says he wants to see less commercialism and more piety in the Marian shrine in the French southwestern pilgrimage city of Lourdes. Visitors wait to withdraw money from a cash dispenser next to shops selling religious articles

Pope Francis has named a special envoy to prioritise spirituality at the Roman Catholic shrine at Lourdes in France over "managerial and financial" aspects.

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The shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in southern France is the site where young Bernadette Soubirous witnessed Marian apparitions beginning on Feb. “This help is welcome to help us better structure our internal organization and to make us more and more at the service of the pilgrims.

Lourdes is one of the most revered sites for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics because the town is said to be where the Virgin Mary appeared to a peasant girl in a grotto.

"Pope Francis, who has this case very much at heart, wishes to accentuate the spiritual primacy over the temptation to overemphasise the managerial and financial aspect," the official Vatican News website said.

The pope wants centres of Marian devotion to be "ever more a place of prayer and of Christian witness corresponding to the needs of the People of God."

A former Renault manager, Guillaume de Vuilpan, was put in charge of Lourdes in 2017, and has introduced new products at the site.

The shrine returned to profit in 2018 after 10 years in the red, accumulating losses of 10 million euros.

Last year, 1.2 million pilgrims visited the site, half of them on organised tours.

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