Lourdes: Pilgrims flock to French sanctuary online in their millions

Release Date: 
May 15, 2021

Lourdes has a population of just 14,000, but before Covid the sanctuary attracted around 3.5 million, mainly Catholic, visitors a year. So Church authorities decided to reach out to the faithful with what are being called e-pilgrimages.

All day long, radio and TV broadcasts of services and prayers at the grotte are shown on Lourdes TV and rebroadcast by France's national Catholic Church TV channel KTO, which also broadcasts worldwide to francophone countries. The services are also re-broadcast live on both radio and television outlets on five continents, according to the sanctuary.


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