Religion: Triduum at Lourdes

Into bustling little Lourdes in the French Pyrenees last week moved a vast throng of pious folk including 60 members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy, silver-helmeted Vatican guards, healthy pilgrims and ailing pilgrims, devout European socialites, Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, and that Blackest of Catholic nobles, ex-Empress Zita of Austria bringing her boy Otto, Archduke pretender. In Lourdes 77 years ago, Catholics believe, a peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous saw an apparition of the Blessed Virgin. Bernadette is now of the blessed company of saints (TIME, Dec. 11, 1933) and the Grotte de Massabielle,...

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