Skip to comments.Catholic Church vets 67th Lourdes 'miracle'
Posted on 11/14/2005 11:00:11 PM PST by nickcarraway
The Roman Catholic Church has recognised as "miraculous" the case of an Italian woman who recovered from a serious illness following a pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1952, the sanctuary said on Monday. Anna Santaniello's recovery has officially become the 67th "miracle cure" attributed to the sanctuary in southwestern France, Christianity's most visited place of pilgrimage after Rome.
Now aged 94, Santaniello had been suffering from Bouillaud's disease, a rheumatic condition which causes trouble with speaking and walking, as well as acute asthma attacks, cyanosis of the face and lips and swelling of the legs.
Following her recovery, she returned several times to Lourdes as a nurse.
The international medical committee at the sanctuary had described her case as "extraordinary" in 1961.
Some six million pilgrims flock every year to the small town in the foothills of the Pyrenees, where the Virgin Mary appeared to a young miller's daughter, Bernadette Soubirous, inside a cave in 1858.
Among the pilgrims are hundreds of thousands of sick and handicapped, fervently praying for a cure from the holy power of the site's spring water.
This breaks a long dry spell, no? I think the tally was stuck at 66 for quite a number of years.
The healing happened 53 years ago? That is a thorough investigation.
Thank you Jesus. Saint Bernadette pray for us.
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