Patient among the ill
John Paul II's first trip to Lourdes, scheduled for the International Eucharistic Congress in July 1981, did not take place due to a terrorist attack on the Pope. The Holy Father came to Lourdes in 1983 to celebrate the Jubilee Year of the 1950th anniversary of Redemption, the 125th anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions and the 50th anniversary of the canonization of St. Bernadette Soubirous.
He came again to Lourdes in August 2004 to take part in the Feast of the Assumption and to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This pilgrimage had a special character, the Pope was in poor health at the time. It was his last foreign pilgrimage, which went down in history under the name "patient among the ill".
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is a pilgrimage centre located in south-western France at the foot of the Pyrenees. Lourdes is a world center of pilgrimages. Every year it is visited by 6 million pilgrims, including 100,000 volunteers and 80,000 ill people.