Just don’t call it a miracle: Lourdes cure ‘remarkable’

Crowds gather at the Catholic shrine in Lourdes, France.

The Roman Catholic shrine at Lourdes has announced the “remarkable healing” of a French invalid, avoiding the traditional term “miracle” because its doctors increasingly shy away from calling an illness incurable.

The case of Serge Francois, 56, whose left leg was mostly paralyzed for years, was the first healing announced since the Church eased some rules in 2006 for declaring that a person was healed by the site.

Francois has said he felt a sharp pain after touching water from the Lourdes spring during a pilgrimage in 2002; minutes later, he said, his left leg felt warm and he could use it again.

Bishop Emmanuel Delmas of Angers in western France said the bureau of medical experts at Lourdes concluded the recovery was “unrelated to any particular therapy.”


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