French minister inspects stepped-up security at Lourdes

August 13, 2016 1:16 PM

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PARIS – France's interior minister has inspected the more than 500 security forces deployed at the pilgrimage site of Lourdes to guard some 20,000 faithful expected for next week's Feast of the Assumption.

Monday is the biggest day of the year for the Catholic shrine reputed to heal the sick, drawing pilgrims from around the world to the town in southwest France. The outdoor Mass presents a special security challenge since some pilgrims are in wheelchairs and on stretchers, hoping for a miracle cure.

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