The Song of Bernadette is a dramatization of the story of Bernadette Soubirous, a teenage French peasant who claimed to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary at a grotto in Lourdes, France. The appearance of the Virgin Mary was also connected with the emergence of a stream on the spot, which was believed by many to have produced miraculous cures; this became known as the famous “Lourdes Water“, the fame of which spread to many non-Catholics as well as to those formally in the faith. Her body, reputedly incorrupt 30 years after her death, a fact which helped the case for her sainthood, having been exhumed and examined a number of times since her physical death, remained incorrupt, and is on display in a glass case as an object of veneration for pilgrims.

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