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Bernadette, St (1844–79). Bernadette Soubirous was born into a humble family at Lourdes, where, at the Massabielle Rock, she received eighteen apparitions of the Virgin Mary between 11 Feb. and 16 July 1858. She was beatified in 1925 and canonized in 1933. The importance of Lourdes as a place of pilgrimage, and its association with healing, has made her among the most popular modern saints.