In 1925, the church exhumed the body for a third time. They took relics, which were sent to Rome. A precise imprint of the face was molded so that the firm of Pierre Imans in Paris could make a wax mask based on the imprints and on some genuine photos. This was common practice for relics in France, as it was feared that the blackish tinge to the face and the sunken eyes and nose would make an unpleasant impression on the public. Imprints of the hands were also taken for the presentation of the body and the making of wax casts. The remains were then placed in a gold and crystal reliquary in the Chapel of Saint Bernadette at the mother house in Nevers. The site is visited by many pilgrims and the body of Saint Bernadette is still shown despite being nearly 130 years old.
The Miracle of Preservation, by Madame Tussauds
Just so you know . She actually has a wax mask and wax hands. The article makes it sound as if there was no decomposition of her body. There is very little compared to anyone else. Check the link and it will tell the story.
I don't like how some people twist things around for the internet these days. It makes it really hard for me to belive anything I see on the internet.
(from tiny 'tim')
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