Aug 16, 2007

French Catholics celebrate Assumption

Tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered at the Roman Catholic sanctuary of Lourdes in the French Pyrenees Wednesday for the Feast of the Assumption marking the Virgin Mary's ascension into heaven. Under bright sunshine, some 35,000 people attended an open-air mass, the high point of the annual French pilgrimage to Lourdes, which is Christianity's most visited place of pilgrimage after Rome.

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