Lourdes became revered 160 years ago when the Virgin Mary "appeared" to 14-year-old peasant Bernadette Soubirous
The beautiful Lady of Lourdes, Bernadette Soubirous
, the hallowed cave on a huge cliff of Massabielle at the foothills of Pyrenees mountain range, which separate France and Spain-these will forever be associated with the celebrated appearances of the Blessed Mother in 1858.
The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous
, a 14-year-old peasant girl, near the grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes, France.
Ongtioco will preside over a high mass at 12 noon tomorrow at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes on Kanlaon Street in Quezon City, in solemn commemoration of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, marking the 160th anniversary of the series of apparitions of the Blessed Mother to Saint Bernadette Soubirous
in 1858 at the Cave of Massabielle in Lourdes, France.
In 1879, Bernadette Soubirous
, who'd described seeing visions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, died in Nevers, France.
, a young peasant girl in France, became my idol.
Yet, even before that, people from Liverpool had been visiting the small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees, which became a place of pilgrimage after the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous
, a 14-year-old local girl.
The heart of Lourdes, named the Domain - containing the grotto where St Bernadette Soubirous
was supposedly visited by the Virgin Mary - was submerged beneath a fast-moving torrent of water.
in France in 1858; the devotion to Our Lady of Fatima to the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal in 1917; and the more recent Divine Mercy Devotion to the mystical experiences of St.
Volume one has three fascinating featurettes: "The Secret of Bernadette", about Saint Bernadette Soubirous
(1844-1879) and her miraculous visions of the blessed Virgin Mary; "The Pope of Mercy", about Pope John Paul II and the Polish nun St.
That year marked both the canonization in Rome of Bernadette Soubirous
(1844-1879) and the rise of Adolf Hitler to power in Germany--a coincidence to which Werfel calls attention in the closing pages of the novel.
The thought of standing at the grotto where a young peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous
, saw the Virgin Mary appear 18 times in the year 1858 makes me euphoric.