The Wonder of Lourdes Synopsis
Lourdes is a market town situated in the Pyrenees in the Occitanie region in southwestern France. Prior to the mid-nineteenth century, the town was best known for the Château fort de Lourdes, a fortified castle that rises up from a rocky escarpment at its center.
In 1858 Lourdes rose to prominence in France and abroad due to the Marian apparitions claimed to have been seen by the peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous, who was later canonized. Shortly thereafter the city with the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes became one of the world’s most important sites of pilgrimage and religious tourism.
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About John Oxenham
William Arthur Dunkerley (12 November 1852 – 23 January 1941) was an English journalist, novelist and poet born in Manchester. Dunkerley wrote under his own name, and also as John Oxenham for his poetry, hymn-writing, and novels.
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