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Lourdes healing hailed as ‘remarkable’

The incredible recovery of a French man, who walked the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route in Spain after being cured of a paralysed left leg following a trip to Lourdes is being examined as a possible 68th miracle of the shrine

Serge Francois, a TV repair worker said he felt a warm glow spread down his herniated leg during a visit to Lourdes in 2002.

After having prayed at the Lourdes Grotto (above) Mr Francois reported the healing to the international Medical Committee of Lourdes (CMIL) and 20 doctors have agreed on the remarkable nature of the healing.

“In the name of the Church, I publicly recognise the ‘remarkable’ character of the healing from which Serge Francois benefited at Lourdes on April 12, 2002,” said Bishop Emmanuel Delmas of Angers in western France, where Francois lives. “This healing can be considered a personal gift from God to man, as an event of grace, as a sign of Christ the Saviour.”

Bishop Delmas said Mr Francois’ case would now be examined further before it is officially recorded as the 68th miracle of Lourdes.

He said that because of advances in medical science it was becoming increasingly difficult to officially class a remarkable healing as a miracle.

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  1. Véronique says:

    My son and daughter in law are having a baby this year.
    Though it may be a normal thing to be , in my case it is a miracle. I have ask for this baby to come when I was in Lourdes last year. The baby is due exactly one year after
    I flew to this pilgrimage in France.
    O loving lady of Lourdes , thank you !

    • Deb says:

      Veronique…all children are miracles, but your new grandchild is a greater one. Our Mother once went to her cousin Elizabeth’s side, who was also expecting a child — John — when she had been told she would never have one. I am certain that your grandchild is a gift from Our Lady of Lourdes.

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