Looking for information on Lourdes indulgences?

A statue of Mary is seen in an undated photo in the grotto at Lourdes, France, where Mary appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. (CNS/Crosiers)A caller to the newsroom this week was looking for details on how to gain a plenary indulgence in connection with the 150th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Lourdes. So, as a service to our readers, here’s a link to our story when the special indulgence was announced two months ago.

As the story says, you don’t have to all the way to Lourdes to receive it. Starting tomorrow, you can gain the indulgence by visiting “any public sanctuary, shrine or other worthy place dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.” Open the link for details.

There’s also this backgrounder on indulgences in this week’s Denver Catholic Register.

The advantage of course of gaining the indulgence close to home is that it beats standing in line at airport security. But if you’re going to Lourdes, don’t forget that you won’t be able to bring back holy water in your carry-on baggage.

PHOTO: A statue of Mary is seen in an undated photo in the grotto at Lourdes, France, where Mary appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. (CNS/Crosiers)

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