The Virgin of the Poor
The Sanctuary originates from eight Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to an 11 year old girl, Mariette Beco, from a family who rarely practised their faith. The apparitions took place between 15th January and 2nd March 1933. The apparitions took place 75 years after those of Lourdes. One of them took place on 11th February. The first miraculous healing took place in March 1933. Here are some words spoken by Our Lady: “I am the Virgin of the Poor.” “This spring is reserved for all nations.”“I am the Mother of the Saviour, the Mother of God, pray hard.” “I have come to ease suffering.” “Believe in me, I will believe in you.” The apparitions were recognized by the bishop in 1949. Pope John- Paul II visited the Sanctuary as a pilgrim on 21st May 1985. The feast of the Sanctuary is kept on 15th January.