Lourdes, the centre of worship and healing for many thousands of Catholic pilgrims every year, received the International Pilgrimage of Aeronautics June 10/12 - the first held since world war two.
SV U.S. airforce plane lands.
SV French airmen arrive
SV Americans leave plane
SV VIP's arrive and are greeted
AERIAL V.. Grotto and the Basilique
SV Procession to Grotto
GV (4 shots) ditto
GV Service in Grotto.
CU Airmen listen to service
PAN.. to Virgin Mary in the Grotto
CU British airmen listen to service
GV During service.
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Background: Lourdes, the centre of worship and healing for many thousands of Catholic pilgrims every year, received the International Pilgrimage of Aeronautics June 10/12 - the first held since world war two.
On June 11, aircraft from various countries brought 5,000 pilgrims to Tarbes-Laloubere airfield near Lourdes. Four thousand of them were from French Air Force bases in France, Algeria and Morocco. Among the rest were 30 from the British Royal Air Forces, 55 Belgians, 50 Canadians, 100 Spaniards, 50 Italians and 30 Americans.
Carrying candles, they marched in procession to Lourdes...past the basilica and the church of the Rosary to the Grotto where the Virgin Mary is believed to have revealed herself repeatedly to Bernadette Soubirous.
There they held a mass service beneath the statue of the Virgin Mary which stands on a rock projecting above the Grotto, the walls of which are covered with crutches and other such appliances discarded by pilgrims after immersion in the Spring of Healing water.
The airmen prayed to Our Lady of Lourdes for those of our fellow-airmen who met their death while flying for those whose wings are now broken and bodies suffering, and for those daily life is dedicated to flying the world's challenging skies..."