A nun whose recovery from decades of spinal problems was declared a miracle has insisted she is “not a star” but just a “little sister” glad to be able to walk freely again.

A French bishop declared on Sunday that Bernadette Moriau’s recovery after she visited the Catholic shrine in Lourdes was a miracle.

Alessandro de Franciscis of the Lourdes Office of Medical Observations said on Tuesday he led the investigation into her cure and is “totally convinced” there is no medical explanation.

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Bernadette Moriau answers reporters in Beauvai (AP/Thibault Camus)Bernadette Moriau answers reporters in Beauvais (AP/Thibault Camus)

Ms Moriau described to reporters how she gave up morphine and her leg brace after visiting the shrine, saying: “I am here to bear witness, but I am not here to make you believe me.”

It was the 70th event formally recognised as an act of divine intervention at Lourdes, a pilgrimage site in southern France.