Lourdes pilgrims are flocking to a new forum to post prayers and messages of support during the coronavirus lockdown.

The popular annual Archdiocesan pilgrimage to the French holy site was cancelled last month. But organisers of the Edinburgh Hospitalité and Pilgrimage Committees decided to set up the holy hub so pilgrims and supporters could stay in touch.

They said: "We have created this section of our website as a resource for people to refer to in these challenging times. We hope pilgrims will find it useful and will check-in regularly and we encourage them to send us a message."

Archbishop Cushley, a regular pilgrim, sent his message, saying: "These are difficult times, but we should not lose heart. Our consolation is Our Lady of Lourdes, the Health of the Sick, so we move forward with quiet confidence in our faith and remain rooted in prayer. Stay safe and please be assured of my prayers."

He added: "I hope to see you all at the next pilgrimage – something we can all look forward to! Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us."

Visit the page here. If you would like to post a message email: enquiries@edinburgh-lourdes.com.