Basilica Grotte



the Grotto

Bernadette, Saint (1844-79), French peasant girl, who was canonized in 1933. Born Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, at the age of 14 she claimed that she had experienced numerous visions of the Virgin Mary and that the Virgin had imparted miraculous powers of healing to the waters of a spring near a grotto in Lourdes. The visions were declared authentic by the Roman Catholic church, and the Lourdes grotto became a shrine for pilgrims. In 1866 Bernadette joined the Sisters of Charity, a group of women bound by annual vows to religious and charitable work. In 1877 she became a nun; she was beatified in 1925. Her feast day is April 16.


seeking healing





buy a plastic bottle to take the healing water home


filling the bottles


or take a drink


the end of a long pilgrimage

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