Lourdes bishop to attend pilgrimage

Norfolk's National Anglican pilgrimage will be attended by the bishop in charge of Lourdes this year - one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world.

Norfolk's National Anglican pilgrimage will be attended by the bishop in charge of Lourdes this year - one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world.

Jacques Perrier, Roman Catholic bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes, runs the diocese in which is found perhaps the most famous place of Christian pilgrimage aside from the holy land itself.

His visit to the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham is a return visit after the Archbishop of Canterbury led a pilgrimage to Lourdes last year.

This saw the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham carried by guardians of the English shrine into the great pilgrimage Eucharist and placed side by side with image of Lourdes.


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The Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes will attend the Anglican pilgrimage mass on Monday, May 25, speak to the assembled crowd and take part on the procession around the village.

Bishop Lindsay Urwin, administrator of the shrine, said: 'He will certainly feel at home for the tune of the pilgrim hymn at Walsingham finds it origins in his own diocese.'

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