The body was exhumed for the first time on Wednesday, September 22, 1909, 30 years after Bernadette’s death. The official records, which are kept in the Archives of Saint Gildard, enable us to follow the identification proceedings virtually step by step.
Monsignor Gauthey, Bishop of Nevers, and the church tribunal, entered the main chapel of the convent at 8.30 a.m. A table had been placed at the entrance to the sanctuary. On it were the Holy Gospels. One by one, the three witnesses ...

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