Pilgrims from Verdun, ambassadors of peace
While France began four years of national commemorations to mark the centenary of the First World War of 1914-18 and conflicts persist in the world, 200 pilgrims from Verdun (France) will be in Lourdes from 22 to 26 July.
Their city was not only the seat of an important German-French battle in 1916 (300 days and 300 nights of fierce fighting), but also "the Battle of France"; two-thirds of French soldiers fought there from the beginning to the end of the war. The diocese of Verdun is, of course, the epicenter of the Centenary of the First World War: more than 500,000 men of all nationalities died in the territory of the Meuse. "Our diocesan Church is important in this context”, says Mgr François Maupu, Bishop of Verdun, “we will receive many visitors in 2016, and we feel responsible for welcoming them ". In Lourdes, the pilgrims of Verdun, with their Bishop will be ambassadors of peace.