Religion: A Shrine to Faith and Healing

The Pope gives thanks at the wellsprings of Lourdes

By pilgrimage and personal example, Pope John Paul II has tried to encourage greater devotion among Roman Catholics to the Mother of God. His travels have included stops for prayer at such famous Marian shrines as Fatima in Portugal, Guadalupe in Mexico and Czestochowa in his native Poland. But a prospective 1981 visit to the most famous shrine of all, at Lourdes in southwestern France, had to be postponed when the Pope was shot in St. Peter's Square by Turkish Gunman Mehmet Ali Agca. John Paul believes that he owes his recovery from...

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