Construction Work Kicks Off At Lourdes Shrine

PARIS — Workers dangling from rock-climbing ropes on Tuesday began a monthlong construction effort to prevent stones from falling in the grotto where worshippers pray at the Roman Catholic shrine of Lourdes.The Lourdes grotto, in the f…

PARIS — Workers dangling from rock-climbing ropes on Tuesday began a monthlong construction effort to prevent stones from falling in the grotto where worshippers pray at the Roman Catholic shrine of Lourdes.

The Lourdes grotto, in the foothills of the Pyrenees in southwest France, is where an illiterate peasant girl, St. Bernadette, said she had visions of the Virgin Mary in 1858.

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