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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