Thousands of pilgrims, including the sick and handicapped, were evacuated from the shrine of Lourdes yesterday during a bomb scare.
Police received a warning that four devices were about to go off among some 30,000 worshippers, priests and nuns congregating for midday mass.
Army bomb disposal experts and sniffer dogs spent three hours searching the grotto in the foothills of the Pyrenees, in south-west France, but nothing was found.
‘It was a cruel hoax,’ said a police spokesman. ‘Somebody wanted to cause as much disruption as possible to people already suffering illness and handicaps.’
Further proof that, in our politically correct progressive world, all religions must be respected . . . except the Christian and Jewish religions.
Why do we put up with it?