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Cardinal launches an 18 year old pilgrim’s book on Lourdes before joining Pope Benedict XVI at the Marian shrine

posted on 12 September 2008

On Friday 12th September the Cardinal launched an 18 year old pilgrim’s book on Lourdes before joining Pope Benedict XVI at the Marian shrine.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor attended the official launch of a new book “Where Echoes Meet - Nine Lives Changed by Lourdes” at 6pm on Friday 12th September in the St Paul’s bookshop by Westminster Cathedral.  The author, Catherine Simon, an 18-year-old student from Weybridge in Surrey, was present along with many of the people who figure in the book. 


Cardinal Cormac has said, “Lourdes is a place of great spiritual enrichment and hope and the testimonies in this book really highlight this. Very few people return from Lourdes unchanged and Catherine Simon demonstrates this beautifully.”


Catherine described the writing experience as, “A time of so much light” and thanked the subjects of the book, saying that, “It was a privilege for me to be able to listen to your stories”.

The following day, the Cardinal joined His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in Lourdes, where he will celebrate with the Holy Father the 150th anniversary of the Apparitions. 


Speaking of his pilgrimage, Cardinal Cormac said, “Lourdes is a place that has brought consolation and hope to thousands of pilgrims. I am delighted to be joining the Pope to mark this Jubilee year and to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Apparitions.”


It is 150 years since St Bernadette first saw an Apparition of Our Lady in a Grotto in the French town, which has become a destination for pilgrims from all over the world. Cardinal Cormac is joining the Pope in celebrating Mass and visiting the Grotto to mark the occasion.

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posted on 12 September 2008

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