The annual HCPT Pilgrimage for children is underway in Lourdes and the weather is shining down on everyone.
About 200 people from the Clifton Diocese have made the journey to Lourdes to join with many thousands of other Pilgrims from 18 Countries around the World, to celebrate and experience the life changing events Lourdes has to offer.
The Diocese is divided up into groups, and out of 11 groups, 6 have made the trip this year.
Fr Tom Finnegan is the leader of group 176 and he spoke with Phil Gibbons about why the HCPT Pilgrimage is so important to young people and those who assist them:
Phil also spoke with Aleena who is in Lourdes for the first time, and at the age of 16, is one of the many helpers who are there to assist the less able bodied Pilgrims:
Here you can see some of the pictures from the first three days, which include the welcome Mass, a day trip to Gavarnie, the torchlight procession and some time spent in the Grotto. There will be many more photos and podcasts to enjoy as the week goes on.
HCPT Lourdes Pilgrimage Group 176 Monday, Tuesday And Wednesday
More information on HCPT here
Volunteers and beneficiaries come from all walks of life and from all faiths and none.