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He agreed to go to Lourdes thinking that he would personally verify the falsity of the supposed miracles – but ended up witnessing one of them
From the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the French girl Bernadette Soubirous, the water from the grotto of Lourdes has been a source of miraculous healings, both for those who have visited the grotto and for those who have used the water in distant places.
Since the time of Bernadette, more than 7,000 miraculous healings have been counted to the Medical Department of Lourdes by pilgrims who have visited the sanctuary. This number has not included the cases that occurred outside of Lourdes.
There were so many cures allegedly associated with the water and the grotto of Lourdes that the Catholic Church decided to create the Medical Department of Lourdes, constituted and directed by doctors and scientists.
The objective of the “Bureau”, as it is also called, is to evaluate the supposed miraculous cases and verify, among other criteria, if the cure in question was almost instantaneous, if the restored health was maintained throughout or the rest of life and if the cure is scientifically inexplicable.
The Bureau is made up of 20 doctors and scientists. Your reports are open to any doctor or scientist who wants to do his own particular research or answer any specific case recognized as “miraculous”.
One of the most significant cases registered in Lourdes was the healing of Marie Bailly , testified by a then agnostic doctor, Dr. Alexis Carrel . He himself ended up converting to the Catholic faith after studying the inexplicable healing he had witnessed.