Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy

Bernadette's Body Still Rests Incorrupt

Sister Bernadette Soubirous died at age 35 on April 16, 1879, 13 years after joining the Sisters of Charity. She lived all her professed life in the congregation's convent in Nevers, France.

As part of Bernadette's cause for beatification (to gather relics), the Vatican's Ecclesiastical Court visited the cemetery of the Sisters of Charity in Nevers, where Bernadette was buried. At 8:30 a.m. Sept. 22, 1909, officials exhumed her body, which appeared preserved from decomposition. Other exhumations took place on April 3, 1919, and in 1925. Each time the body appeared incorrupt.

The Lourdes Experience


by Dan Valenti

The appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France, stands as the defining, Church-approved Marian apparition of the "modern" (post-Industrial Revolution) era. Even more so than the events at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, Lourdes represents the seminal Marian visitation if for no other reason than it was at the former garbage dump known to the locals as Massabieille (the Big Rock) that Our Lady revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception.

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