France: SSPX priest blesses cyclists of the Tour de France
Fans of the Tour de France may have seen it on their television screens on Friday, July 16. As the cyclists crossed the Ardeche in mid-afternoon, the camaras paused for a few moments on Fr. Dominique Lagneau at the side of the road as he blessed the riders in a beautiful gesture which was broadcast around the world! The director of Ignatian retreats at the Priory of Gastines (Maine-et-Loire) was relaxing at his parents home nearby and had simply wanted to witness the passing of the famous bicycle race..."Like everyone else, I went to the edge of the road", he told us that evening. "Suddenly, the TV crew doing to coverage stopped where I was and asked me to bless the riders on their way... I didn't have to be asked twice!"