A village in France where, in 1858 (4 years after Pius IX had defined the

Immaculate Conception), the Virgin Mary appeared to a peasant girl,

Bernadette Soubirous, using the title, "the Immaculate Conception." This

was questioned for years by Church leaders and finally accepted. Bernadette

became a nun and was canonized after she died. Many miracles are said to

have taken place at Lourdes.

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