International Soldiers' Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Austrian Military Delegation for Peace

Lifestyle & TravelTravel ♦ Published: May 21, 2023; 23:43 ♦ (Vindobona)

The 63rd International Soldiers' Pilgrimage to Lourdes is taking place under the motto "Let us build a church here". An Austrian delegation led by Military Bishop Werner Freistetter traveled to France with 289 pilgrims.

The Austrian participants of the 63rd Soldiers' Pilgrimage. / Picture: © Bundesheer/CARINA KARLOVITS

The focus is on common prayers for peace as well as exchange among the soldiers. Austria's Minister of Defense Klaudia Tanner emphasized the importance of the soldiers' pilgrimage to Lourdes. Lourdes is not only a place of encounter, but also a place of reflection and pause. Soldiers from all over the world and from different cultures meet here once a year to pray together for peace and…