It is with a heavy heart, that we have had to take the decision to cancel our participation in this year Order of Malta International Pilgrimage in Lourdes from 1st – 6th May 2020 due to the potential health risks posed by Coronavirus/COVID- 19. This is not a decision that anyone involved has taken lightly, not least as the Association has made a pilgrimage to Lourdes every year over the past 60 plus years.
We have been monitoring the situation carefully since the escalation in the number of cases in Italy and around the globe about 12 days ago.
In the final analysis, we concluded that we could not, acting responsibly, run the risk to the health of our guests and pilgrims, staff.
We are full aware this will cause a get deal of disappointment to many people however we feel it is the most appropriate action given the current circumstances.