EWTN.com - Pope To Visit Lourdes for 150th Anniversary?: "Pope To Visit Lourdes for 150th Anniversary?
Rome, May. 22, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI has accepted an invitation to visit France, the Roman news agency I Media has reported. The Holy See has not confirmed the report.
I Media reports that the Pope has accepted an invitation extended by Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, the president of the French bishops conference, and by Bishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes and Lourdes.
The invitation reportedly calls for the Pope to visit Lourdes in May 2008 for the 150th anniversary of the Virgin Mary's apparitions to St. Bernadette Soubirous.
If it is confirmed, the visit would be the first by Pope Benedict to France since his election in April 2005."