Award for Diocese of Westminster’s Lourdes pilgrimage film

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‘Lourdes, a Place of Pilgrimage’, a 15 minute film which showcases the experiences of young people caring for the sick and elderly at Lourdes has won a Bronze Award at the CBC Christian Broadcasting Media awards, held in London on 19 May 2011.

‘Lourdes, a place of Pilgrimage’, which can be viewed online at, won the Bronze award in the CBC Christian Broadcasting Media Award’s Best Charity Promotional Film category.

The film tells the story of the Diocese of Westminster’s 2010 pilgrimage to Lourdes, when more than 1,000 pilgrims travelled to the small town in the south of France where in 1858 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a poor, fourteen-year-old girl, Bernadette Soubiroux.

A central focus of the film is on the work of some of the 250 young pilgrims, who call themselves ‘Redcaps’. Their role it is to assist pilgrims who are sick, wheelchair bound or need assistance in any other way. The film also highlights the importance to pilgrims of prayer and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary during the week long pilgrimage.

800 DVD copies of the film have been distributed to Catholic parishes and schools in the Diocese of Westminster.

‘Lourdes – a Place of Pilgrimage’ was filmed and edited by Bob Walters who has worked on a large number of video projects with the Diocese of Westminster and whose clients include other charitable and religious organisations. Executive Producer of the film was Eddie Tulasiewicz.