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80 million people to gather for virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes

Through a virtual pilgrimage beginning on Friday, you can now travel to Lourdes without leaving your home. Last year, 80 million people participated. 

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is organizing the virtual pilgrimage for the second year in a row to mark the anniversary of Mary's final Apparition at Lourdes on July 16. 

Its website is hosting activities all day long, from Rosaries prayed in various languages, Masses offered for different countries, Marian prayers, and candlelit processions. 

Participants will be able to pray, make offerings, light candles, and send prayer intentions online at anytime. 

French President, Emmanuel Macron, will be among those present at the grotto, and will go to the shrine at Lourdes on Friday.