Thursday 20 June 2013

Lourdes Floods 2013 II

Updates for Thursday 20 June 2013

5pm (UK time): Have you wondered where all the mud came from?

2pm (UK time): Update from Lourdes, via Tony Assante, with our thanks: During the press conference this morning at 10.30 (France) the Rector, Fr Horacio Brito, and, the Finance Director, Mr Thierry Castillo, of the shrine, confirmed that no pilgrimages will be cancelled, despite the seriousness of the damage. The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the Crypt and their chapels, together with the High Stations of the Cross are open. In a few days access to the Grotto and the Rosary Basilica will be reopened.
They continue to asses the damage. Other areas damaged by the flood will re open progressively (Confessions Chapel, Accueil JPII…). There are serious questions over the time scale for reopening the Baths, the St Bernadette Church and the St Pius X (Underground) Basilica. Pilgrimages already registered with the Shrine, will find that their programme will be modified, but they will be able to take part. Pilgrimage organisers will find further information on the Sanctuaries website:

12pm (UK time): Lourdes was badly hit, but please remember the villages further up stream who have been fully evacuated due to no electricity, the roads and houses being washed away. Here are the first scenes from Barege:

10.30am French time:
It has been announced that the French President, François Hollande, will visit Lourdes at 17.00 (France)

10am French time:
More photos from the Sanctuaries of the clean-up, via Tony Assante, with our thanks:

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