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Thousands flock to Lourdes for Assumption two months after floods

Six thousand Catholic faithful attended an Assumption mass in the Basilica of Saint Pius X in Lourdes Thursday, two months after the church in southwestern France was damaged by floodwaters. The crowds were only slightly smaller than last year and a spokesman for the town's religious sites said the recovery had been faster than expected thanks to successful fund-raising campaign.

Italian bishop recognises Lourdes' '69th miracle'

An Italian woman who suffered from severe hypertension was cured after visiting Lourdes in 1989, the 69th such miracle to take place at the fabled French shrine, a Catholic official said Sunday. Giovanni Giudici, bishop of Pavia, where Danila Castelli lives, recognised the event as a miracle last month, but flooding at the religious site in southwest France prevented the Lourdes sanctuary from publishing the news earlier.

Flood waters recede in France after damaging Lourdes

Authorities said Friday that flood waters were receding in southwestern France after claiming three lives and damaging the Catholic pilgrimage site Lourdes. "The flood's recession has been clearly confirmed," the prefect's office for the Pyrenees-Atlantiques region said in a statement. Many roads remained closed however and some residents were still unable to return to their homes. The floods this week sent water pouring into the religious sites at Lourdes, forcing thousands of tourists to be evacuated and suspending visits.

Flood waters recede in France after damaging Lourdes

Authorities said Friday that flood waters were receding in southwestern France after claiming three lives and damaging the Catholic pilgrimage site Lourdes. "The flood's recession has been clearly confirmed," the prefect's office for the Pyrenees-Atlantiques region said in a statement, adding that water levels were expected to return to normal by Friday afternoon. Many roads remained closed however and some residents were still unable to return to their homes.

Lourdes devastated as France counts cost of freak weather

France said Thursday it would declare a state of natural disaster in the southwest of the country after floods claimed three lives and devastated Lourdes. Fears the Catholic pilgrimage site could be forced to close its doors to visitors for months receded with the flood waters Thursday, with church officials insisting that the town's celebrated grotto would be accessible to visitors within days.

Flood waters recede in France after damaging Lourdes

Authorities said Friday that flood waters were receding in southwestern France after claiming three lives and damaging the Catholic pilgrimage site Lourdes. "The flood's recession has been clearly confirmed," the prefect's office for the Pyrenees-Atlantiques region said in a statement, adding that water levels were expected to return to normal by Friday afternoon. Many roads remained closed however and some residents were still unable to return to their homes.

Lourdes devastated as France counts cost of freak weather

France said Thursday it would declare a state of natural disaster in the southwest of the country after floods claimed three lives and devastated Lourdes. Fears the Catholic pilgrimage site could be forced to close its doors to visitors for months receded with the flood waters Thursday, with church officials insisting that the town's celebrated grotto would be accessible to visitors within days.

Lourdes facing summer closure as freak weather lashes France

Extensive flood damage could force the Catholic pilgrimage site of Lourdes to remain closed to visitors for months, it emerged Thursday as France counted the cost of freak weather that has claimed three lives. Lourdes has been left devastated for the second time in less than a year by the Gave de Pau, the river that flows through the town, bursting its banks. Thousands of tourists have had to be evacuated from their inundated hotels and visits to the town's celebrated grotto, underground basilica and other religious sites have been suspended since Tuesday.

France hit by weather chaos, floods claim two victims

Flash floods in southwestern France claimed two elderly victims in the space of 24 hours as unseasonal storms caused havoc across huge swaths of the country on Wednesday. Flights into Paris were disrupted as the French capital sweltered in conditions more akin to Hong Kong at this time of year and the flooded Catholic pilgrimage site of Lourdes was closed to visitors for a second day. A woman in her 70s was swept away overnight by the floodwaters after getting out of her submerged car at Saint Beat near Lourdes, the local prefecture said in a statement.

French floods claim second victim, close Lourdes for second day

Flash floods in southwestern France claimed two elderly victims in the space of 24 hours and forced the inundated grotto at Lourdes to remain closed for a second day, officials said Wednesday. A woman in her 70s was washed away overnight by the floodwaters after getting out of her submerged car at Saint Beat near Lourdes, the local prefecture said in a statement. She and her husband had been evacuated from their home but were heading back to collect personal effects when they were trapped by the water. Her husband was rescued by firefighters.
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