Twelfth Apparition – Monday 1 March 1858

On this day some 1,150 onlookers from the town and surrounding area were present to observe Bernadette’s apparitions in order to see the major events and miracles for themselves. That day Judge Ribes again summoned Bernadette for questioning and once again tried to persuade her to no longer go to the grotto. Bernadette was unable to comply as she had already made a promise to go there for fourteen days.

The first recognised miracle occurred to a Catherine Latapie, who was nine months pregnant, and who had walked 9 kilometres from the neighbouring village of Loubajac to bathe her paralysed arm in the “healing” spring. Healed immediately, she returned home to give birth to a son. Her cure was recognised in 1862 as the first approved miracle of Lourdes, her healing testified of the truth of the apparitions.