St. Bernadette Soubirous experienced 17 apparitions

In 1858, 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous (pronounced Soo-Be-ROO) was living with her impoverished parents and three siblings in an abandoned jail cell in the small town of Lourdes in southern France.

In February, while Bernadette, her sister and a friend were gathering firewood near a dilapidated grotto, young Bernadette experienced the first of 17 apparitions.

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