Lourdes: 70th official miracle recognised


Sister Bernadette Moriau

Sister Bernadette Moriau

Source: Diocese of Beauvais

On Sunday, World Day of the Sick and feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, Bishop Jacques Benoit-Gonin of Beauvais, declared that a 70th miracle had been officially recognised by the Church. The news was officially announced during Mass at the Basilica, by the Bishop of Lourdes, Most Rev Nicolas Brouwet.

A French Franciscan nun, Sister Bernadette Moriau, experienced a healing while she was on pilgrimage to the shrine in 2008. She had been very disabled, in severe pain and wheelchair bound, suffering from a painful spinal condition since 1980. After attending a blessing of the sick, she said: "I felt ... well-being throughout my body, a relaxation, warmth…I returned to my room and there, a voice told me to 'take off your braces… Surprise. I could move!"

Sister Bernadette found herself suddenly pain free and able to walk. She said she had never ask for a miracle.

The International Medical Committee of Lourdes led by Docter Alessandro de Franciscis, extensively researched the Sister's recovery but eventually decided that the healing could not be scientifically explained.

While there have been more than 7,000 miraculous recoveries attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes at the shrine, only 70 cases have been officially recognized by the Catholic Church. A miraculous recovery must generally be a "complete, spontaneous, and immediate healing from a documented medical condition."

The last official miracle attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes was declared in 2013. See: ICN 19 July 2013 Lourdes: 69th official miracle announced www.indcatholicnews.com/news/22985


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