Medicine and Religion: between miracles and whole-person care

Dr. Alessandro de Franciscis, the President of the Lourdes Office of Medical Observations,or the Bureau des Constatations Medicales presented at a lunch talk on November 12th. The Bureau was founded in 1883 to record, study and judge the healing and cures reported by pilgrims at the Shrine of Lourdes. The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes is where Mary the mother of Jesus appeared in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous. Since then, pilgrims have come to the sancturary to drink from and bathe in the sacred springs. Dr. de Franciscis will be talking about the ministry of healing and whole-person care.