150th Anniversary of Lourdes Apparitions

On 11 February 1858, the young Bernadette Soubirous experienced an apparition of a 'beautiful lady' in a grotto of Massabielle near Lourdes. Between February and July, Bernadette experienced 18 visions of the 'beautiful lady' The beautiful lady would later reveal her name as:

que soy era Immaculada Councepciou' - I am the Immaculate Conception.
During the visions there was divisive debates about their authenticity. At various points the local authorities tried to stop access to the grotto, so great was the public interest.

However, many who met with the young visionary Bernadette, remarked how sincere and honest she appeared. Many felt at times her eyes reflected a heavenly consciousness.

Bernadette Soubirous later became a nun in the cloisters at Nevres. She was canonised after her death.

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