St Bernadette
Bernadette Soubirous was declared a Saint by the Catholic church in 1933.
 
At the age of 14, She had her first appirition of the Virgin Mary whilst crossing a stream with her sister at the grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes, France.
 
After a while the appirition started appearing more frequently to Bernadette, telling her to return to the place she first saw it every day for 14 days. 
 
On one of these occasions the appirition told her 'to drink of the water of the spring, to wash in it and to eat the herb that grew there,'.  To everyone's surprise the grotto was full of water when they returned.  Bernadette also claimed that the Virgin Mary had wanted a church built.  This gave rise to a series of churches and chapels being built at the site.  
 
Despite the visions facing controversy at the time, church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions in 1862.
 
Bernadette later joined the Sisters of Charity of Nevers where she stayed until her death in1879.
 
She was exhumed 30 years later and her body was discovered incorrupted; all of her organs were intact and she had not decomposed as a normal body would have.
 
Some work was undertaken to preserve the skin on her face and hands and her body is now kept in Saint Gildard Convent & Museum in Nevers, France.
 
more information can be found at:
en.lourdes-france.org/bernadette-soubirous

 
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