Pilgrims Observe the Jubilee Year
On Feb. 11, 2008, the anniversary of the first apparition, more than 50,000 people participated in a special Mass at Lourdes. There were celebrations throughout 2008, the Jubilee Year. Pope Benedict XVI made a pilgrimage there in September 2008. The anniversary was so significant that the Vatican announced the pope would grant plenary indulgences for those who travel to Lourdes in 2008, and to those who visited a shrine or sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes in February, 2008. An indulgence is a remission of temporal punishment for sins, and a plenary indulgence is the remission of all punishment.