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        Lourdes: Catholic Pilgrimage Site

        Discover how the visions of a teenage girl from Lourdes, France, inspired one of the holiest Catholic pilgrimage sites in this media gallery from Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler. Since 1858, when a 14-year-old peasant named Bernadette Soubirous proclaimed she had had 18 encounters with the Virgin Mary, Lourdes has become one of the most visited sites by Catholics in the world. Lourdes has a special appeal for the fragile and the weak, including wounded military personnel. It attracts more than 5 million pilgrims a year, many of whom seek to be cured of afflictions. This resource is part of the Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler Collection.

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        Lourdes: Visions of the Virgin Mary

        This video recounts the story of Bernadette Soubirous, a young peasant who proclaimed in 1858 that she had had numerous encounters with the Virgin Mary in the small French village of Lourdes.

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        Lourdes: Juan's Story

        This video follows Juan Roldan, a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant, as he travels with other American pilgrims to Lourdes, France, to continue his healing from wounds sustained in military service.

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