“Lourdes is the grace of the Gospel!”
A little over 22% of organised pilgrimages are Italian.
They are welcomed spiritually by the Chaplains, Missionaries of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate: Nicola Ventriglia, coordinator ; Palmiro Delalio, confessor and guide for Italian seminarians, and Roberto Villa, Deputy Head of the Youth Service. Each day the three Chaplains conduct the Angelus in Italian at 11.55 am, and the Rosary in Italian at 6.00 pm. Both are broadcast live from the Grotto on Lourdes TV and TV 2000. “Fathers you are part of our family!” people write. Conversion always starts with Confession experienced as a grace” explains Father Nicola Ventriglia. He is also in charge of the spiritual formation of Italian Hospitality members. Father Nicola Ventriglia says he feels like Doctor Dozous, during the 17th apparition: “I did not see the Virgin, but I see her in everyone”. “Lourdes is the grace of the Gospel!” he concludes.
Our photo, from left to right: Fathers Palmiro Delalio, Roberto Villa, and Nicola Ventriglia.
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