From 3 May to 7 May Lourdes, like every year, some 7400 people including over 1300 malades, peacefully invaded the Marian sanctuary on the foothills of the Pyrenees for the most important of the Order’s pilgrimages.
Led by the Grand Master, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, members, volunteers and assisted persons from 45 countries on the five continents participated to the pilgrimage, as well as the ten newly elected members of the Sovereign Council.
When consigning the participation medal to those making the pilgrimage, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto expressed “his thanks to you, dear pilgrims, for your participation, devotion and faith and for the unquenchable ‘esprit de corps’ of our beloved Order of Malta in this venerated Marian sanctuary. Dear pilgrims, we shall go forward together, enriched by the blessings we receive in this holy shrine to Mary, with renewed energy, hope and the courage to face the challenges ahead of us”.
There were 3 people taking part from the Albanian Organization of the Order of Malta in this pilgrimage, having a sick person in a wheelchair with them.