The 150th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Lourdes was commemorated in Medjugorje on Monday, February 11, 2008.
On February 11, 1858, in Lourdes in the south of France, Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous and presented herself as “Immaculate Conception”. Our Lady appeared 18 times. She revealed her name on March 25, during the 16th apparition. She pronounced it in local dialect spoken by Bernadette: “I am the Immaculate Conception”. After the apparition, the visionary was repeating this unknown expression in order not to forget it… She did not know that in 1854, four years earlier, after many years of discussions, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary…
Mons. Laurence, bishop of Lourdes, recognized the apparitions on January 18, 1862, four years after the end of the apparitions.