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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

The statue of Our Lady of Lourdes (Pic by @JMZavalaOficial)

The statue of Our Lady of Lourdes is said to have survived a blaze at the El Goloso base near Madrid last month

Bishop Davies (Photo: Diocese of Shrewsbury)

Bishop Davies urges pilgrims at Lourdes to lobby their MPs before the Bill is debated in September

Cardinal Nichols (PA)

Cardinal Nichols urged people not to fall for ‘great lie’ of assisted suicide during homily for the Day for Life

Archbishop Eamon Martin said the bishops could not support same-sex marriage (CNS)

Archbishop Eamon Martin has asked the faithful to pray for marriage

St John Eudes

French bishops give their backing to effort at plenary meeting in Lourdes

Harvey Hawkins with his younger brother Jayden

Five-year-old Harvey Hawkins was diagnosed with a colloid cyst in his brain

Bottles of Lourdes water line the wall at the spigots inside the Sanctuaries of Our Lady of Lourdes in France (CNS)

Lourdes water can heal at home

There are 69 miraculous Lourdes cures that are officially recognised by the Church, not forgetting the many anecdotal cures

Harvey Hawkins with his younger brother Jayden

Parents of a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour are trying to raise money for pilgrimage