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Pilgrims attend a candlelight procession on the eve of Assumption (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

Pilgrims began arriving at the shrine before dawn to celebrate the feast of the Assumption

Nuns wait for the start of a vigil held by Pope Francis at Campus Misericordiae in Brzegi, Poland (AP)

Visits to World Youth Day and Lourdes remind us that the Church belongs to the poor, not the rich

Pilgrim holds a candle as she prays at the grotto at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

A pilgrimage director has dismissed claims that Lourdes pilgrims will suffer following Britain’s withdrawal from the EU

Disabled pilgrims face the Basilica of the Rosary during a Mass for the sick celebrated by Benedict XVI in Lourdes in 2008 (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Losing the European insurance card would mean sick pilgrims having to bear the full costs of healthcare themselves

A pilgrim holds a candle in front of the statue of Mary at the grotto at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The best way to experience Lourdes

Happy 60th Anniversary to the Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust

St Dominic’s Priory in Haverstock Hill

The cardinal will inaugurate the shrine at St Dominic’s Priory with a Mass in October

St Bernadette of Lourdes

If you start praying today you can complete a novena by the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Dr Alessandro Franciscis, the president of the Office of Medical Observations (Simon Caldwell)

A senior official at Lourdes said he is proposing British and Irish pilgrimages as a model for the rest of the world

Pope Francis replied to the boy's letter saying he would join him in prayer (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Francis says he will accompany the children’s pilgrimage with prayer

Illness always places human existence in crisis and brings with it questions that dig deep, the Pope wrote in his message (CNS)

The Vatican has released Pope Francis’s message for the World Day of the Sick 2016