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He wrote in the Preface to this 1980 book, "The popularity of the pilgrimage increases almost every year and Lourdes now receives between four and five million visitors annually... The sick pilgrims feel better, not in the sense of receiving a cure---that occurs only in a tiny fraction of cases---but in the sense of feeling stronger and happier and more reconciled to their lives... one should remember the distinction which is always made between 'miracles' and 'cures.' More then five thousand cures have been recorded by the Medical Bureau at Lourdes. A number of these have been thoroughly investigated, and a small proportion, found to be 'medically inexplicable,' have been forwarded to the appropriate bishop for consideration by a diocesan commission.Read more ›
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