National Pilgrimage of St Rosaire

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary
Where? Notre Dame du Rosaire, France

When? October 2012

St Rosaire is celebrated every year in Lourdes with a dedicated pilgrimage and a special mass, held in the holy sanctuary of Notre-Dame du Rosaire. In 1571 Christian troops provided by the Vatican, Spain, Venice and Savoy overcame a Turkish armada in the entrance to the Corinth gulf.

The Pope at the time, Grégoire XIII, attributed this victory to the daily processions of St Rosaire brotherhoods in the streets of Rome. He promptly changed his planned Victory Day to St Rosaire day, to be celebrated on 7 October.

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