People go on pilgrimage to places that they think are holy. Every year, thousands of people travel to Lourdes in France, a place sacred to Roman Catholics and the site of a grotto dedicated to the Virgin Mary who appeared to a young girl in a vision . A group of English schoolchildren on a pilgrimage to Lourdes explain their beliefs and talk about their faith. There then follows a debate about the nature of miracles and the place of science in religion.

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KS3 Curriculum Bites
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19 September 2007

Ask students to write responses to the following questions, "If God is omnipresent (everywhere) what is the point of making pilgrimages to special places?" and "If there are such things as miracles why do so many people suffer and die?"