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Trial By Fire(place)

It was Easter Sunday and Connie Lopez of Refugio, Texas, was crying and praying in her dining room. When she looked up she thought she saw an image of the Virgin Mary in a stone above the fireplace. “It wasn’t there in December when we were decorating it,” she says. She was called inside and forgot about the image until April 19 when fellow parishioners came over for a spaghetti dinner and one of them saw it. Since then more than 200 people from at least 26 Texas cities have dropped by to see the stone. Some see Jesus, other angels, Our Lady of Guadalupe, or the pope. Viewing hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, at 406 Ymbacion St., Refugio, Texas.

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Now This Is Nuts

Melissa Benson of Toronto, Canada, sends this photo of a cashew she found in a can of mixed nuts that she thinks looks like the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus. She’s emailed photographs of the nut to Pope Benedict and is still awaiting a response. You can email him too if you find anything odd in your can of Planter’s.

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Now Appearing On Platform Two

Some commuters in Sydney, Australia, say they see the image Jesus in a patch of eroded paint on platform two at the Waverton railway station . The Daily Telegraph notes that the appearance of the image comes a year before Pope Benedict XVI is due to visit Sydney for World Youth Day. Talk about an influential advance man.

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Flipping Over The Pope

Myrna Kincaid of Jackson, Michigan, was about to pour syrup on her pancake when she noticed an image burned on it — the image of the Pope. She and her husband spared it, stashed it in the freezer, and went to church. Three weeks to the day after finding the pan-fried pontiff they had a baby boy. They named him John and say he never cries. They currently have no plans to either sell or eat the pancake.

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Rorschach Nativity

People from around the globe have traveled to Vermilion, Ohio, over the past year to see mold stains on the back of a Nativity scene that look like Jesus Christ. I mean, the Virgin Mary. Okay, the pope. “It started with about five images that we could recognize,” said Roger Hanson, whose wife, Elizabeth, owns Abigail’s Antiques & Emporium. “Now it’s up to about 12.” When they got the wooden Nativity scene it was completely covered with mold. They tried to scrub it off with a toothbrush, blast it with an air compressor and use a heavy brush. Finally they washed it with dish soap. The mold grew back. Hanson looked at it and saw a profile of the Virgin Mary. His wife saw Jesus Christ. Others have seen the pope, a burro’s head, a hand holding a chalice, a Catholic cardinal, a halo over Christ’s head, an upside-down crown, three palm branches on Christ’s head, a celestial hand and Jesus’ hand extended outward. They’ve been offered $10,000 for it but won’t sell.

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Salt Of The Earth…I Mean, Heavens

A shrine has popped up by an expressway underpass in Chicago where people say salt stains on the concrete look like the Virgin Mary. Believers are flocking to the site even though the new Pope has made no public comment about it nor booked a flight yet.

POSTSCRIPT: On May 6th a man was arrested for scrawling the words “big lie” over the stain. Authorities then painted over the whole thing. R.I.P.

LATER THE SAME DAY: The Chicago Tribune reports that, like Jason, the image is back. “One or more people somehow began to remove the paint. It was not known how they did it, but by afternoon, the image was back largely intact and apparently with no sign of the graffiti that had marred it.”

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