Lourdes, France

The Grotto at Lourdes (Lori Erickson photo)

This French town is the most famous healing shrine in the world and one of the most-visited of all pilgrimage sites.   

When a young servant girl named Bernadette Soubirous claimed to see a radiant vision of a woman in white on February 11, 1858, Lourdes was a small market town virtually unknown to the larger world.  Over the next five months the lady would appear 17 more times to Bernadette, visions that the Roman Catholic Church (though initially skeptical) would declare authentic appearances of the Virgin Mary. Miraculous cures have been associated with Lourdes ever since, and today the town welcomes more than five million pilgrims a year.

The History of the Visions at Lourdes

Who Was Bernadette?

Visiting Lourdes on Pilgrimage Today

The Miracles of Lourdes

Some Personal Reflections on Healing at Lourdes

Travel Information on Lourdes

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