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Pierre de Luxembourg in Avignon... and the little bird's nester

Pierre de L., Petit-Palais, Avignon | Antoine Meissonnier / Public domain
Miracle Convent Celestins convent in Avignon

Pierre and his spring

Well, do you know who was Pierre of Luxembourg? The pope founded this convent for him. He was born in Lorraine (Eastern France) in 1369. Pierre became canon of Paris in 1379 then bishop of Metz in 1384.

Two years later, he became cardinal of Avignon. A nice promotion! But the young man died one year later! He was buried in the small cemetery Saint-Michel, in a chapel which would become Célestins convent.

But in 1527, next to Pierre of Luxembourg’s grave, they found a water spring: a miraculous one, because it cured diseases!

The bird's nester's miracle

Pierre's miracle took place in Avignon in 1432: a young boy, about 12 years old, climbed at the top of a tower, in city ramparts, to find birds’ nests. Unfortunately, he fell on the rocks, downstairs! He was dead...

The crowd rushed, following by the teen’s dad. He yelled: ″Pierre of Luxembourg, help me!″ and picked up his son’s last remains in a bag he brought in Célestins church.

There, he put the bag on Luxembourg’s grave, and asked him to resurrect his son! In front of the flabbergasted crowd, the young boy came alive again...

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