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Walking sticks are offered for sale to pilgrims near Vega la Valcarce, northern Spain (AP)

The pair spent five days in the open and drank from ditches and animal troughs when their food and water ran out

Pilgrims queue to visit the grotto at Lourdes (AP)

The increase in security measures comes after a spate of Islamist attacks in France

Pilgrims take photos of Pope Francis as he arrives to celebrate Mass in Brzegi, Poland (AP)

People often say young pilgrims only go to WYD for a good time, but scratch the surface and you find real engagement with Christ

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

The new centre will be at the end of Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James)  (AP)

One of the world’s most popular pilgrimage sites is planning a new centre for Anglicans

Pope Francis (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The European Festival of Joy and Mercy will take place in November

Statue of Mary at Medjugorje

Medjugorje reportedly sees a decline in pilgrims after the Pope says a ruling on the apparitions is imminent

The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried during a candlelit vigil at the shrine in Portugal (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

The rector of the Shrine of Fatima says the statue brings with it ‘a message of peace’

Young people from Ireland pose with a banner in 2012 after carrying the International Eucharistic Congress Bell up to the summit of Croagh Patrick for Reek Sunday in Ireland (CNS)

The Reek Sunday ascent of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo was called off due to high winds

Cardinal Nichols (PA)

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