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The Song Of Bernadette

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Song Of Bernadette

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A miraculous story of hope, courage and faith.

A superb cast, including Charles Bickford, Lee J. Cobb, Vincent Price and "newcomer" Jennifer Jones, triumphs in this film classic that tells the story of the peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous, a poverty-stricken, pure-hearted adolescent, who saw a vision of a "Beautiful Lady" near her home town of Lourdes in 1858. The wonderous news spreads rapidly throughout France, leaving in its wake a variety of consequences: adoration, suspicion and greed among the people of Lourdes ... skepticism from the town doctor (Cobb) .. charges of insanity from the town prosecutor (Price) ... threats of physical punishment, then support and guidance from the Dean of Lourdes (Bickford), who finally becomes convinced that the miracle has, indeed, taken place. Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Actress and Best Score, this true story is both first-rate filmmaking and an inspiring tribute to faith,courage and the human spirit.

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St. Bernadette of Lourdes

St. Bernadette of Lourdes Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/16

Patron Of: Sick Poor

Also known as

    * Bernada
    * Bernardetta
    * Bernardette Soubirous
    * Bernardette
    * Maria Bernadette
    * Marie Bernarde
    * Sleeping Saint of Nevers

 16 April
 18 February in France

Oldest of six children in a very poor family headed by Francois and Louise Casterot. Hired out as a servant from age 12 to 14. Shepherdess. On 11 February 1858, around the time of her first Communion, she received a vision of the Virgin; her own account of it is in the Readings section below. She received seventeen more in the next five months, and was led to a spring of healing waters. She moved into a house with the sisters of Nevers at Lourdes where she lived, worked, and learned to read and write. The sisters cared for the sick and indigent, and at age 22 they admitted Bernadette into their order since she was both. Always sick herself, and often mistreated by her superiors, she died with a prayer for Mary's aid. Since the appearances of Mary to young Bernadette in 1858, more than 200 million people have visited the shrine of Lourdes.

7 January 1844 at Lourdes, France

16 April 1879, Nevers, France of natural causes; body incorrupt


1933 by Pope Pius XI

Name Meaning
brave as a bear

 against bodily ills
 Lourdes, France
 people ridiculed for their piety
 sick people

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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