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A fourteen-year old girl gathering wood near Lourdes in rural France encounters the first of her visions of "a Lady."

France, 1857, zoomable map
02/11/1858
Marie-Bernade Soubirous, a fourteen-year old French girl, encountered what she calls a vision of "a Lady" while gathering firewood near Lourdes in France. She saw seventeen similar visions throughout the spring and into the summer. Within years, Lourdes became a revered Catholic site and Soubirous was named Saint Bernadette in 1933. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Patricia McEachern, A Holy Life: The Writings of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes (Fort Collins, CO: Ignatius Press, 2005), 11.

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