Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes Monsignor Nicolas Brouwet to visit Jordan

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Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes Monsignor Nicolas Brouwet

Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes Monsignor Nicolas Brouwet to visit Jordan

By Fr. Rif'at Bader

The village Lourdes, which was forgotten 160 years ago, is different from Lourdes nowadays. It is a small village, in southern France that was visited more than a century-and-a-half ago by Virgin Mary. It is the place where Virgin Mary the Mother of the Church, appeared to four-year-old girl Bernadette, who was born into a poor family and did not excel at the time in her studies. The Almighty God’s perspicacity made the choice to have the Virgin Mother a guest in Earth by visiting Lourdes.

After 160 years, the new generations recall the forgotten village Lourdes and the unknown girl, Bernadette. Lourdes has become one of the major religious and touristic cities in the world. It has 134 hotels and hostels which are booked over the years.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tarbes et Lourdes in the Pyrenees mountains, southwestern France, includes 541 parishes and has more than 150,000 believers. The bishop nowadays is Nicola Brouwet. He was born in 1962, ordained priest in 1992 and bishop of 2012.

We are talking about him nowadays because we are awaiting his first historic visit to Jordan where he will meet with a number of officials and celebrate Mass by the grotto of Our Lady in Naour. When the grotto of Our Lady in Naour was launched in 2104, he sent a message of well wishes and blessings to Fr. Dr. Rif’at Bader, the parish priest.

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