The fear of the Coronavirus also reaches Lourdes. The sacred place where hundreds of faithful go on pilgrimage asking for blessings and healings partially closes its doors for fear of contagion. The sanctuary in France has decided to prohibit the faithful from entering the pools after a government measure.
The French health minister has banned all public gatherings with more than 5,000 people, so the sanctuary authorities had to adapt by spreading the latest provisions immediately in the world. «To date, we will continue to welcome both groups and individuals. But as a precaution the swimming pools have been closed until further notice ». The season of the great pilgrimages will debut on Palm Sunday, April 5th. “We will adapt all measures according to the evolution of the situation and the deliveries that we will receive from the Ministry of Health”. Although pilgrimages do not stop, all the faithful will be monitored in order to avoid an epidemic.
From Lourdes they make it known that they have every protective material to deal with the infections, they also invited the pilgrims to trust and not to stop praying.
TOKYO (AP) — The coronavirus has claimed its first victim in the United States as the number of cases shot up in Iran, Italy and South Korea and the spreading outbreak shook the global economy.
O ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comfort of the afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors, and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence, to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my requests. I will endeavor to imitate your virtues, that I may one day share your glory, and bless you in eternity. Amen.