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Hoping for a sign at N.J. shrine - As Fatima anniversary nears, visitors report sun images
NJ.com ^ | October 12, 2007 | JEFF DIAMANT

Posted on 10/12/2007 10:51:17 AM PDT by Alex Murphy

About 3,500 people are expected to descend tomorrow on an isolated Catholic shrine to celebrate the 90th anniversary of what they regard as a miracle: sightings of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, by three shepherd children in 1917.

There's some added buzz as the landmark anniversary draws near. Last month, late one afternoon at the shrine, known as the National Blue Army Shrine, some people in the crowd of 1,000 reported seeing the sun change colors and dance in the sky.

Some claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary and Jesus in the sun; others, the letter M. The crowd, most of them Filipino-Americans, had come to the shrine in honor of the birth of Mary, which Catholics celebrate on Sept. 8.

People have been calling the shrine each day to ask about what happened, said Michael LaCorte, executive director at the National Blue Army Shrine, located off Route 31 in Washington Township, Warren County.

"We have no expectations" of similar visions occurring tomorrow, said LaCorte, who was not at the shrine Sept. 8. "We have no understanding of what happened in the first place."

Among those to have told LaCorte they saw something special that day above the shrine's grassy grounds was Pilar Veru of Clifton, who took pictures for a magazine she edits.

About 5:45 p.m., after a rosary procession capped a day of religious events centered around Mary, "the sun became really, really orange and almost beet red," she said. "...It started dancing and started moving, up and down, to the left, to the right. It seemed almost that it was going to come out of heaven."

She took pictures, which she said show no unusual colors or movement, but in which her husband later noticed "one cloud that has the perfect image of the Virgin

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Worship
KEYWORDS: europeanchristians; fatima; myraybansglint; portugal

1 posted on 10/12/2007 10:51:20 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

I have been there. It is a quiet and peaceful place.


2 posted on 10/12/2007 10:55:19 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (RIP Eric Medlen. You will be missed.../ Get well Soon John Force!!!)
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To: Alex Murphy

I understand the book,
The Day the Sun Danced “ is excellent!! MANY thousnads of people WITNESSED the sun dancing in Fatima that time!!


3 posted on 10/12/2007 11:00:56 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her PHONINESS is REAL!!!)
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To: Alex Murphy
People should not go to see a sign, but to go to pray.

If something wonderful happens, Praise be God!

We should be praying regardless of what is happenings.

In the case of Fatima, Portugal [in the cove of peace], the children had to endure hardships and were asked to pray and sacrifice.

We should all learn from the Children of Fatima, in the words of Saint Padre Pio, to Pray, Hope, and don't Worry!

Sacrifices are needed to overcome so much sin in the world...

4 posted on 10/12/2007 9:49:03 PM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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