150 Years at Lourdes
In this piece from 2008, we look at the 150 year celebration of Lourdes, where Bernadette’s original apparition of the Virgin Mary occurred. Lourdes has become the second most popular site for Christian pilgrimage, after Rome. Some bemoan what they see as the crass commercialisation of a spiritual event and yet the site continues to draw millions of people each year. Miriam Gormally met Franck DeLahaye, from the Lourdes office of Tourism who explained why Lourdes continues to be popular and not just with Christians.