a miracle could make me recover the sense of smell I lost after a tumour
operation in the brain," stated Rosa de Quinteros, one of the 3,000
people who have visited Gabriel Moyano, a child of five who reportedly
acquired healing powers after a visitation from the Madonna.
smell a scent of roses," said Quinteros, who was not aware of the fact
that this is precisely the scent the child smells at home when the Madonna
It all began in
March 1998, when the people of Villa Libertad, in the western Argentinian
village of Pocito (San Juan province), witnessed an image of the Madonna
appearing on a repair-garage wall. They were sure was something supernatural,
and it quickly drew the attention of the province and then the whole
country. A group of children, Gabriel among them, were the first to
notice it. They were playing in the garage backyard when they saw some
strange lights forming a shape.
From then on, Gabriel
says, the Madonna appears in his room every night telling him to heal
the people who come to Pocito, as well as an image of Jesus the Merciful.
"He puts on my chest a blue ray and a red ray, and he tells me to give
them back to the people I have to heal the next day," explains Gabriel,
who can also tell in detail the messages he receives and the work he
has to do: "The Madonna and Jesus are the ones who heal. They tell me
what to do, and I do it with the ill people who come here. If they cannot
be healed, I also tell them so.
"Many are healed
and others go with God, and I know this because the Madonna explains
it to me." Gabriel does not charge for his healing, and takes all of
this as something he has to do "at the request of the Madonna and Jesus",
as he puts it.
Little Gabriel heals
not only at home, but also travels to places the Madonna shows him the
night before. "She tells me that in a hospital or house there is somebody
very ill, or burnt, or whatever. Then, with her mantle, and as if we
were flying, she brings me to that place so I can see what's going on.
The next day I go there and heal the person, if God is not going to
take the person with Him." Gabriel's mother, Dora Pizarro, reports that
when the child has these visions at night, the next day he goes to the
place in question as if he had been there before.
"What he sees at
night happens then 'to the letter': the description of the venue, the
face of the patient, his illness ... as if he had indeed visited him
before." Gabriel's parents say the Madonna's appearances have completely
changed their lives, and they have tried to persuade their son to give
up the whole thing. Gabriel refused, saying he would not disobey the
Madonna. (Source: Diario de Cuyo, Argentina)
Australia ( 1996
image of the Virgin Mary on a wall of the Anglican church at Yankalilla
is another sign pointing to the coming of a Christ-like teacher to unite
all religions', a scholar of religious phenomena said yesterday."
Thus begins a news
story in the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper in South Australia.
The scholar mentioned is a member of a Transmission Meditation group
According to the
Reuters news agency: "Pilgrims and sightseers are flocking by the thousands
to a small country church in South Australia after its priest described
an image of the Virgin Mary and child on the altar wall."
Parish priest Andrew
Nutter said that the image has grown stronger since he first noticed
it in late 1994. " ... now everybody's coming in. Sceptics, secular
humanists, atheists, doubters, people who have no time for the church,
and people who are faithful, see it.... This has become a people's shrine,''
he said. According to Nutter, the image shows a woman looking toward
the part of the church where consecrated bread is kept. The phenomenon
received little attention outside the parish until Reverend Nutterís
article in a church newspaper attracted the mainstream media. The large
number of visitors has prompted the church to schedule a weekly pilgrim
service to celebrate the vision.
The Anglican diocesan
bishop Graham Walden said the vision did not seem to have been caused
by anything such as salt damp or mould and he believed the church could
be hosting something genuine. "If people receive something as being
of God, then it is of God, they don't have some sort of mechanism for
accreditation," he said.
It has also been
reported that a stream of water has sprung up under the church since
the image formed. (Sources: Reuters; Adelaide Advertiser, Australia)
of Madonna and Child leads to discovery of Healing Water"
by Pasquo Cassetta
Tablet, an international weekly Catholic magazine, of 21 September
1996 carries an article which alleges that in May 1986 the Virgin Mary
appeared in the small village of Nsimalen near Yaounde, the capital
of Cameroon. She was seen by seven teenagers over a period of nine days.
Belinga Luc Marc, a pupil at the local primary school at the time, was
one of them: "It was about 1pm and there was no sunshine and little
wind," she said. "We could see her on the tree tops dressed in pure
white. She was accompanied by men also dressed in white. They appeared
to be floating in the air. At this time, only the children could see
her." Many thousands of people from all over the country flocked to
the site which is now a shrine and still attracts many visitors.
The tree on which
the Virgin Mary is said to have perched before she disappeared again
-now known as the tree of peace - has apparently great healing powers.
Its bark is boiled with water from one of the many holy pools below
the sanctuary and taken by the sick. Miracles and miracle cures have
been reported: a little dumb girl could speak again after seeing the
Virgin Mary; a blind man regained his sight; a cripple threw away her
crutches and walked; the sun and the moon were shining at 9am.
ago, apparitions of the Virgin Mary began being seen on a farm owned
by John and Shelagh Greensides in Marmora, about 200 kilometres northeast
of Toronto, Canada. The Greensides had set up Stations of the Cross
on their land and invited groups of friends to pray with them. It was
their way of thanking the Virgin Mary for a trip they had taken to Medjugorje,
Bosnia, where apparitions of the Virgin Mary have been reported since
"In Marmora, all
kinds of people see our Blessed Mother from all parts of the world,"
according to Alice Johnson, a Sister for Christian Community in Peterborough,
Ontario, who has written two books on the phenomenon. On 8 December
1996, according to the Toronto Globe and Mail, 2,000 people from
throughout Canada and the US travelled to the Greensides' farm to witness
attributed to Mary contain common themes such as return to God, go to
church and pray the rosary, they also warn people about the so-called
'end of times,'" according to the article. "While neither priests nor
visionaries totally agree on what that phrase means, they think it signifies
the end of an age rather than the end of the world."
And, the article
states: "Some believe Mary is the harbinger of the second coming of
Jesus." (Source: Toronto Globe and Mail, Canada)
Costa Rica (1996)
the first Tuesday of every month, crowding the highways by bus and car,
people travel to Sara Piqui in Costa Rica to witness the appearance
of the Virgin Mary in the sky. As well as this miraculous vision, sometimes
glitter has suddenly manifested on the arms of the people present. They
say it is very real -- that they can pick it up with their fingers.
school children playing football said that they saw the Virgin Mary.
According to the children Mary appeared three to four metres above the
football field in the North Croatian village of Gradina. Some saw her
holding a cross; others saw her weeping. The local priest, Stjepan Biber,
announced that the Virgin had appeared earlier in Gradina in 1950. That
information was suppressed by the then ruling communist regime. (Source:
Algemeen Dagblad, the Netherlands)
in America were watching the the Chicago riots at the Democratic Convention,
or viewing live war zone broadcasts from Vietnam or were being mesmerized
by the Watergate hearings on television, the Mother of God was appearing
for tens of thousands to see in the land of the pyramids at a Coptic
church constructed to commemorate the area in Egypt where she had come
with Joseph and Jesus when they all fled from Herod.
Starting in April, 1968, her apparitions of light changed the lives
of thousands. Her appearances at Zeitun were astounding. She was seen
by more than a million people. The apparitions were broadcast by Egyptian
TV, photographed by hundreds of professional photographers and personally
witnessed by Egyptian President Abdul Nasser, an avowed Marxist. The
apparitions lasted for three years with numerous unaccountable healings
recorded by various medical professionals. The local police, who initially
thought the apparitions were an elaborate hoax, searched a 15-mile radius
surrounding the site to uncover any type of device that could be used
to project such images. They were completely unsuccessful.
Mary on TV
Bible Web Site on Zeitun
Coptic church in a slum suburb of northern Cairo has become a place
of pilgrimage for thousands of Egyptians. The magnet is the Virgin Mary;
numerous visions of the Virgin have been reported. Mary has been seen
not only by devout Christians but by Muslims too, who are said to leave
the church amazed and overjoyed at their experiences and visions. The
Coptic church is in a poor, predominantly Christian neighbourhood of
Cairo. Miracles of healing are reported to take place in the church
which is never empty now.
of Coptic Christians have visited the village of Shentena al-Hagar north
of Cairo to see images of the Virgin Mary hovering at night over a church.
"I saw the Virgin
Mary with my own eyes on Friday and Saturday night," said Mervat Nabil,
42, a teacher. "Her glowing white silhouette has appeared three times.
She circled around the church tower and nodded to her followers below,"
Residents of the
village say the image was first seen by a Muslim caretaker at the church
on the night of 6 August. Coptic Christians have since come from throughout
Egypt to see the Virgin Mary and camp next to the church overnight.
The sitings started a day before the Copts observe the Feast of the
Assumption, which according to Christian tradition is when Mary, the
mother of Jesus, was taken to heaven on the wings of angels. (Source:
A seaside gif shop
in Boscombe, Bournemouth, south England, has been attracting pilgrims
hoping to witness a 14-inch plastic figure of a nun weep real tears.
The owner, Michael Maclaire Hillier, bought the figure from Italy, and
placed it in a plastic-display case in hiw window. Within hours a shopper
told him that she could see tears on the doll's face and habit. Michale
Maclaire Hillier said; "It's in a completely sealed cabinet, so there
is no way water or condensation could get in. I went home to get my
video camera, and I'm keeping my eye on her."
(Source: Daily Mail, UK)
member of a Greek Orthodox Church in Paris has reported several miraculous
experiences with an apparition of the Virgin Mary which occurred in
the church's private chapel. During the second of these experiences,
oil began flowing from his hands. Hundreds of people have since witnessed
this phenomenon, and extraordinary healings have been associated with
the oil. It is reported that the oil smells of olives and some undefinable
perfume. Word of the events spread so quickly that the French national
news agency, AFP, conducted interviews with the man in question and
photographed the phenomenon inside the chapel.
(From: The Independent, 10 September, 1988 )
paralysed by multiple sclerosis since 1977 says he started walking after
visiting the sanctuary in Lourdes, France. Jean Salaun said he had a
vision of the Virgin Mary during his pilgrimage to the shrine in southwest
France where Mary is said to have appeared in 1858 to a young girl named
Bernadette. "Like everyone at Lourdes, I said my prayers, my eyes open,"
Salaun said. "I then saw the Virgin before me, in white, brown, barefoot,
and she said to me: "Stand up." Salaun said that the following morning
he felt an icy cold cover his body, from the end of the spinal cord
to the top of this head, followed by a burning heat. "I looked at my
hands and I started to move," he said. Salaun started walking a day
later, after returning to his home in Chartres. Lourdes' Medical Bureau,
which tries to verify reports of cures, issued a rare statement, calling
the case a "rather remarkable observation." Any official church declaration
that a 'miracle' has occurred may take years. (Source: Associated Press;
Stars and Stripes Newspaper, Germany)
of Georgia's capital Tbilisi claim to have witnessed miracles. Thousands
of people have been lining up to see what they say is an apparition
of the Virgin Mary on the spire of Tbilisi's ancient blue monastery.
The Virgin first made her appearance at Christmas ó a sign, the Georgians
are saying, that God has bestowed His blessing on their troubled land.
Others claimed they had spotted her inside, gazing on them while they
From the Share International
letters column :
A report of
an apparition of the Virgin Mary in Geulle, South Limburg (Holland),
has recently appeared on local cable TV.
A member of a Transmission
Group in Heerlen contacted the family who had seen the Virgin Mary in
the sky above their house and sent them Share International (November
1992 colour issue). The description of their vision matches the photograph
of Mary as shown in Share International. Later a further report
appeared on local TV referring to Share International and its
Chief Editor, Benjamin Creme, who has been talking about such visions
and phenomena for some time now. A photograph of the Madonna taken from
Share International (November 1992) was also shown on TV.
An interesting feature
of the events in southern Holland is that a spring of water has appeared
under the family's house in Geulle. It is not clear yet whether the
water has been "charged", and if it has healing properties, but already
the area is being referred to as "The Lourdes of the Low-lands".
address known to the editors)
September, 1993 )
Share International letters column :
1996, my 76 year old mother felt somewhat depressed and was muttering
away while she was doing her household duties of the day. Suddenly she
saw a little light next to a white porcelain statue of the Madonna in
one of the bedrooms of the house. At first, she muttered to that as
well, but then approached the light which started to flicker. As she
touched it with her hand, she suddenly was holding a flat, metal little
angel in her hand. She is still flabbergasted about this event and has
been wondering whose grace this was?
July-August 1996 )
past six years, three women have been receiving visions of the Virgin
in a humble shrine in Ireland. Every Friday evening they gather at a
tiny grotto near Blackwatertown village on the Tyrone/Armagh border
to pray and witness the visions which began on 31 May 1982 - significantly,
some might think, the date of Maitreya's intended emergence. The Virgin
appears dressed in blue and calls for peace, prayer, fasting and confession.
Patrinne McConville, one of the women, relays the messages she receives
in a matter-of-fact way: they stress the need for prayer and ask all
who witness the miracle to go and set up "strong centres of prayer".
The Virgin makes clear that the shrine is for Catholic and Protestant;
she is critical of the situation in Ireland but promises there will
be no civil war.
As at Medjugorje,
people's lives, including alcoholics and former non-believers, have
been transformed for the good as a result of visiting the shrine. Predictably,
the Catholic Church, and the local priest, have ignored the visions.
Meanwhile Eileen McPhillips, Patrinne McConville and 17-year-old Maria
McClements plan to build facilities for visitors when the funds become
available. ( Source: Sean O'Neil in the Irish News, 1988 )
of people in the little Irish village of Ballinspittle, west of Cork,
have seen a statue of the Virgin Mary move. Since this phenomenon was
first seen in July, hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to
the grotto where the statue stands. According to witnesses it moves
after sunset and consequently hundreds of people have begun keeping
night vigils near the 153 kilo concrete statue.
A 17 year old schoolgirl,
Claire Mahony, was the first to report seeing the statue move. Later,
hundreds of villagers and visitors confirmed that they had seen the
statue suddenly start to rock forward and moving either one, or both
arms. The church so far has no comment on the phenomenon. Psychologists
maintain that it is not the statue that moves, but the crowds around
of the Virgin Mary at Ballinspittle, Co Cork is moving again according
to recent reports from Ireland. After vandals attacked it with a sledgehammer
last winter, sculptor Maurice O'Donnell created a new head and hands
and reinforced the statue with three hundredweight of concrete. Much
to his amazement (she never moved while he was repairing her, he said),
the Virgin's head has been seen to move again. The statue is now back
in the grotto and the village, so quickly deserted after the attack,
is preparing for another flood of visitors.
(reported in Share International July-August, 1986 )
On a summer
evening in July 1985, an Irish girl named Clare Mahoney strolled home
at dusk through the pastures and farmlands of County Cork, past a shrine
to the Virgin Mary that she had passed hundreds of times before. But
on that July evening in the village of Ballinspittle, when Clare Mahoney
glanced up at the statue, she saw it move. The Madonna swayed back and
forth. Word spread quickly, and soon thousands of people gathered to
see the phenomenon. ( see story above ) But the sighting generated controversy.
The faithful held masses near the shrine, but scientists said the motion
was merely an optical illusion. Eventually, the scientists and sceptics
won out, and the public attention died down. Some 10 years after Clare
Mahoney's discovery, a writer for FATE magazine visited the statue with
her family. Janet Brennan wrote of her experience: "We knelt down at
the railing that separates the grotto from the gravel parking lot and
looked up at the Madonna. To our amazement, she was moving. Slowly,
almost eerily, she swayed back and forth a few inches. The movement
was so smooth it seemed as if the statue were floating." Upon closer
inspection, her son saw that the statue was held in cement, with no
apparatus to make it move. Brennan concluded: "Pilgrims by the thousands
still pour into Fatima and Lourdes, seeking physical cures and spiritual
comfort and creating thriving tourist industries. But in a quiet corner
of Ireland ... the Madonna of Ballinspittle rocks on in solitude." (Source:
FATE magazine; reported in Share International, April 1997 )
village of Fahy in County Galway, Ireland, has become the focal point
for pilgrims from North and South since apparitions of the Virgin Mary
have been seen inside the Church of Our Lady.
On 2 June two girls
from Cork first saw the Virgin on the wall at the side of the altar.
A series of light blue patches have since appeared on the wall. Father
Cathal Stanley, who believes that God is sending out warnings to mankind
and that the world is on the brink of climatic disaster, has been told
to take a rest by his local bishop and not talk to the media. Meanwhile,
coachloads continue to descend on this latest sighting of the Virgin
in Ireland. (Source: The Sunday Correspondent)
daily newspaper De Telegraaf, in a full page article, recently
reported that throughout the world, but particularly in Italy, there
is an enormous increase in reports of visions of the Virgin Mary.
One is about the
'inexplicable case' of the-75-year-old, almost illiterate farmer, Domenico
Masselli, who communicates with the 'Madonna of Storarella'. He receives
letters from people who ask the Madonna questions and puts them, unopened,
on the altar of the church of Storarella. "Without hesitation they are
answered by him in the Virgin Mary's name, completely accurately. His
explanation is simple: "I am the postman for the Madonna", the newspaper
Macioti, lecturer in sociology at the University of Rome, has made a
special study of visions of the Madonna over a period of many years.
She told De Telegraaf that there have been three cycles of such
appearances in recent history: the first during the period 1947-1949,
the second in the 70s and the third cycle during the past two years.
Perhaps one of the
most convincing testimonies to the authenticity of such appearances
is from the now 74 year old Bruno Cornacchiola who in the late 1940s
saw the Virgin Mary appear to him. Cornacchiola was a dyed-in-the-wool
communist, not of the casual Italian sort who profess communism during
the week and go to church on Sunday, but an extremely principled one
who fought against General Franco in the Spanish civil war.
"Having come from
a very poor family I was filled with hatred for the Church," he told
the Dutch newspaper. "I even considered assassinating the Pope in the
belief that it would be a service to humanity." In 1947 Bruno went out
for a day in the country with his wife and children, planning quietly
to prepare a lecture in which he would criticise the Church's teaching
about the Virgin Mary. Not a likely candidate, therefore, for seeing
visions. Suddenly, he saw the "bella signorina" standing before him,
as did his children. On this occasion he was given the first of a series
A more recent case
reported in De Telegraaf is that of Renato Baron, secretary of
the Christian-Democratic Party in San Martino di Schio. "One day he
came face to face with the Madonna. She was dressed all in white with
a blue cloak. He was intelligent enough, before telling the outside
world, to go quickly to a psychiatrist for a certificate to prove that
he was completely sane. Today, tens of thousands of believers come every
week from all over Europe to see the miracle of San Martino: a crucifix
in the place where the Madonna first appeared which miraculously gives
out a strong scent of roses."
of people are flocking to a remote Mexican village to receive healings
from a weeping statue of the Madonna. The healing powers of the three-foot
Madonna statue in San Tomas were discovered this summer by a 12-year-old
girl praying for her mother who was dying of cancer. The girl discovered
tears flowing down the statue's cheeks. "I thought it was the morning
dew, so I touched the droplet," said Ana Avila, a sixth-grader. "It
tasted salty, like a real tear." When Ana returned home, she found her
mother in the kitchen preparing dinner and singing. The woman had not
been able to get out of bed for three months. Word quickly spread throughout
the town, and other healings were reported. The story of the Miraculous
Madonna was published in the Mexico City daily newspapers, and elsewhere
throughout the world. "People have come from South and North America,
from Europe and from Asia," says Father Amoros, the local priest. "And
all have been healed." He says, "People arrive on stretchers and crutches,
then walk away under their own power after praying to the Madonna and
touching her tears. No one can explain the tears or the miracles. They've
sent scientists from Mexico City and from the US. All say the tears
are real, but no one knows where they come from or how they heal." (Source:
The Sun, USA)
2,000 people an hour are flocking to see an image of the so-called "Subway
Virgin" formed in a puddle of water in a Mexico City metro station.
The image, now a stain left by the dried-up puddle, is about 10 inches
long, and bears a resemblance to the image of Mexico's Virgin of Guadalupe,
a manifestation of the Virgin Mary. The Mexican archbishop's office
expressed doubt that the image was a true miracle, saying it failed
to rank with divine appearances such as Guadalupe in 1531, Lourdes in
France in 1854, and Fatima in Portugal in 1917. "There are no theological
elements that lead us to consider this a divine presence through these
lines that have formed due to a water leak," the church office said
in a state ment.
The image first
appeared at the Hidalgo metro station in downtown Mexico City. The Mexico
City metro system, one of the busiest underground railway systems in
the world, transports more than one million people a day. Police officers
guarding the site said as many as 1,800 people per hour were lining
up to see the image. Many people laid candles, flowers and coins near
the site. ( Source: Reuters )
report June 22, 1997 (includes QuickTime movie)
Share International letters column :
Dagblad of 23 October 1993 carried a report about visions of the
Virgin Mary in the Flemish town of Lede. The article, entitled "The
Miracle of Lede" tells how a 60-year old woman, Marie-Jeanne Vanlonderzele,
began praying for healing for her dying husband. Her prayers were answered,
he recovered; but during his healing Marie-Jeanne was visited by the
Blessed Virgin, who requested that a chapel be built. This was done
and the chapel is now visited monthly by the Virgin Mary (and sometimes
also by Jesus) to give a message to those who gather there.
Visitors from all
over Europe come to hear these messages and to visit the chapel. Many
take photographs (of the sky above the chapel) which when developed
show images of a white dove or a consecrated candle. "Everyone gets
some sign," says Marie-Jeanne. She refuses all money, saying that the
Virgin Mary comes not for the rich but for the ordinary people. Marie-Jeanne
helps people in whatever way she believes the Blessed Virgin requires
- through prayers, healing and counselling.
The messages exhort
people to pray, go to Mass and confession, and to live good lives; they
also warn of war, etc; in brief, difficult times ahead. Marie-Jeanne
also has special messages for the local parish priest who, so far, has
not commented publicly on the events in the town of Lede.
New Zealand (1993)
March, during an open air meeting at the Medjugorje Peace Centre in
Auckland, New Zealand, at which a representative from Medjugorje was
one of the speakers, a band of colours appeared in the sky, though not
in rainbow formation. Later, outside the nearby Cathedral, members of
the congregation noticed that the sun appeared to be changing colour,
to be spinning and "jumping". These phenomena were also accompanied
by a vision of the Virgin Mary in the sky.
New Zealand (1995)
of the Madonna is said to have appeared to more than 200 people at Manu
Ariki Marae, near Taumaranui, in the North Island of New Zealand. (
A marae is an indigenous community centre ). It was a Sunday evening,
at about 8:30 and most of the people who live on the marae were inside
their cabins preparing for bed. What they say they saw is a vision of
the Madonna, or as they call it The Mother. Word spread quickly
and the initial crowd of thirty swelled to more than 200.
talked to television news about what they desribe as a miracle : "One
of the women came rushing in breathless. Get up! Get up! There's a vision.
There's a vision you must come," recalled one of the residents. "We
had people on the phone ringing people saying 'Get here quick! Run.
Come up here now'. People were arriving in cars. As I was running up
the road there were other people bolting up the road. We were all running."
Another added, "She was standing as high as the building. Dressed in
a white robe, wearing a shoulder length veil."
stayed for nearly three hours, fading slowly away around 11pm. Since
the appearance, the commune has become the talk of the town. There are
plenty of sceptics but those who were there are convinced that it was
a miracle. Established in the 1960's the commune is a religious centre,
its philosophy loosely based on Christianity but with an emphasis on
the female side of God. When they pray they speak of "Father, Mother,
Son and Holy Spirit" Similar groups overseas see this place as their
spiritual headquarters. ( Source : TV3 Nightline, New Zealand, September
Share International letters column :
children of Emilia Auginaldo elementary school on the island of Luson
witnessed a vision (the paper called it an apparition) in the sky, of
Mother Mary and baby Jesus. About four thirty in the afternoon of November
19, 1982, a ten year old 4th grader was sitting on the playground of
the school. When she looked up in the sky, she saw three angels, Mother
Mary with a baby in her arms and an old man standing next to her. They
were coming out of a golden palace in a carriage pulled by winged horses.
The girl, Janet Holly, an orphan, started to cry because she thought
angels were coming to take her. She ran into the classroom and called
her teacher who came out but did not see anything. Other children came
running out of the buildings and saw the same vision in the sky.
They described the
vision to a reporter in great detail: Mary was wearing ... gown and
a gold crown on her head; the angels had golden hair and more long flaming
gowns; one of them had a key in her hand; and so on. One teacher who
had seen the vision told the reporter that she felt an awesome force
making her kneel down.
A week later, the
children still told the same story about the vision. When they waved
their hands, they said, Mary waved at them and the vision disappeared.
is a predominantly catholic country and St. Mary is a most important
figure in their beliefs. This is one of many stories about visions or
apparitions that people have seen all over the world. In the United
States those visions often include figures of Jesus Christ; in Japan,
they are images of Maitreya Boddhisatva!
What is unique about
this story is that 500 children saw the vision together.
one million people gathered in a small Philippine town north of Manila
on 6 March to witness a visitation of the Virgin Mary. Many people in
the crowd, including top Philippine government officials, journalists,
and the local Catholic bishop - acting as a representative of the Pope
- attested to seeing a silhouette resembling the Virgin Mary appear
above a guava tree for approximately five seconds. ( Source : Manila
Bulletin, Associated Press )
from Share International, May 1993
100 people on the South Pacific island of Western Samoa said they saw
an image of the Virgin Mary surrounded by bright colours in the early
morning sky near the horizon. Witnesses said they also saw images of
the Eucharist and the Holy Grail. "The Virgin Mary remained there for
about five minutes before merging into the clouds," said one witness.