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‘Unprecedented’ donations to Lourdes in response to flood damage

Catholic World News - October 02, 2013

The famed Marian shrine of Lourdes has received “unprecedented” donations of 4.3 million euros ($5.8 million) to repair damage from a June flood, a local diocesan official told Agence France-Presse.

“The worldwide mobilization of Lourdes benefactors has exceeded our expectations,” said the shrine’s rector.

The flood caused 7.3 million euros in damage; the donations, combined with compensation from flood insurance, are sufficient to pay for the repairs.

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