Bob Edme, Associated Press
Pope Benedict XVI, sitting in his popemobile, is greeted by well-wishers and faithful as he leaves an outdoor Mass in Lourdes, France, Sunday. Tens of thousands of people gathered in a muddy field to join the pontiff for a Sunday Mass marking the 150th anniversary of a 14-year-old peasant girl's religious visions of the Virgin Mary. The girl, Bernadette Soubirous, was later named a saint. "The power of love is stronger than the evil which threatens us," Benedict told the pilgrims. Pope Benedict is making a three-day pilgrimage to the Lourdes sanctuary, which has become a shrine for desperate causes and hope against all odds. Millions of people visit Lourdes each year, many praying for physical or spiritual healing.

Pope Benedict XVI, sitting in his popemobile, is greeted by well-wishers and faithful as he leaves an outdoor Mass in Lourdes, France, Sunday. Tens of thousands of people gathered in a muddy field to join the pontiff for a Sunday Mass marking the 150th anniversary of a 14-year-old peasant girl's religious visions of the Virgin Mary. The girl, Bernadette Soubirous, was later named a saint. "The power of love is stronger than the evil which threatens us," Benedict told the pilgrims. Pope Benedict is making a three-day pilgrimage to the Lourdes sanctuary, which has become a shrine for desperate causes and hope against all odds. Millions of people visit Lourdes each year, many praying for physical or spiritual healing.