The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes has been known as a refuge for the sick for more than a century. The shrine contains a spring through which miraculous healings have been documented.
There have been more than 7,000 miraculous recoveries attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes at the shrine since the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous.
Of these, fewer than 100 have been recognized by Lourdes officials, while others have been documented by bishops in local dioceses. An official miraculous recovery must generally be a complete, spontaneous, and immediate healing from a documented medical condition.
The most recent official miracle attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes was declared in 2018.
The Marian shrine has recently faced financial difficulties after 95% of pilgrimages were canceled in 2020, resulting in the loss of millions of dollars used to maintain the shrine.
Pope Francis named Archbishop Antoine Hérouard of Dijon as a special papal delegate to oversee the pastoral care of pilgrims and other management of the sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in 2019.