Sister Bernadette Moriau, a nun from northern France shocked the community of Pyrenees in July, 2008 after she received a healing miracle at the shrine of Lourdes.
Sister Bernadette who had suffered from a decades-old back problem that prevented her from walking normally was miraculously healed after visiting the holy spring at Lourdes.
Shortly after returning home, her chronic sciatica or pinched spinal nerve disappeared for the first time since her condition was diagnosed at the age of 27. Sister Bernadette had undergone four unsuccessful operations so far in an attempt to cure her back problem.
Millions of pilgrims across the world visit France’s fabled shrine of Lourdes located in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains each year in search for a miracle.
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The sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes or the Domain (as it is most commonly known) is an area of ground surrounding the Catholic shrine known as Grotto to Our Lady of Lourdes in the town of Lourdes, France.
The sanctuary is a destination for pilgrimage; sick pilgrims are reputed to be miraculously healed by Lourdes water. This ground is owned and administrated by the Roman Catholic Church, and has several functions, including devotional activities, offices, and accommodation for sick pilgrims and their helpers.
Sister Bernadette, aged 69-years by then has been recognised as the 70th miracle of the Lourdes shrine, her church said Sunday.
“She experienced an unusual feeling of relaxation and heat in the whole of her body (and) heard a voice telling her to take off her equipment, the corset and the leg brace,” said a statement from her Catholic parish in Beauvais in the north of France.
After further examinations by doctors and three meetings of church figures in Lourdes, the medical committee in the town confirmed that Moriau’s recovery could not be explained scientifically, the statement said.
“Sister Bernadette Moriau now has a perfectly normal life,” the committee’s president Alessandro de Franciscis told AFP. “She is in very good health and herself visits the sick on a regular basis.”
Lourdes is one of the most revered sites for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics because the town is said to be where the Virgin Mary appeared to a peasant girl in a grotto.
A press conference will be held Tuesday in Beauvais featuring Sister Bernadette, De Franciscis and the bishop of the local diocese, Jacques Benoit-Gonnin.
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