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French police tighten security for annual pilgrimage to Lourdes

August 12, 2016

Police in France are taking special precautions to ensure the safety of an annual pilgrimage to the Marian shrine at Lourdes, which will take place on August 15, the feast of the Assumption.

A local Church spokesman confirmed that the diocese had agreed with law-enforcement authorities on a series of "discreet but effective" steps to tighten security. Most of these measures will remain in effect after the pilgrimage, he said.

The arrangements reflect concerns among French officials after the murder of Father Jacques Hamel.

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon will lead this year's pilgrimage. About 30,000 participants are expected.

 
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