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Name: Saint Bernadette of Lourdes                                                   
Born: 7 January 1844 Lourdes, Southern France                                       
Died: 16 April 1879 Nevers, France                                                 
Saint Bernadette, born Marie-Bernarde Soubirous (January 7, 1844 - April 16,       
1879), was a miller's daughter from the town of Lourdes in southern France. Her     
real Occitan (close relative language to Catalan-Spanish )name is Maria Bernada     
Soubirous, aka Bernadeta (little Bernada). From February 11 to July 16, 1858,       
she reported eighteen apparitions of "a Lady." Despite initial skepticism from     
the Roman Catholic Church, these claims were eventually declared to be worthy of   
belief after a canonical investigation. After her death, Bernadette's body         
remained "incorruptible", and the shrine at Lourdes went on to become a major       
site for pilgrimage, attracting millions of Catholics each year. On December 8,     
1933 she was canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church; her Feast Day is   
celebrated on April 16.