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Hundreds gather to view mysteriously glowing religious statue of the Virgin Mary in small town Belgian home

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/14/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Statue of Virgin of Banneux gives off glow after nightfall

In a house in the small town of Jalhay in Belgium, hundreds of the faithful and the curious have gathered to witness a mysterious glowing statue. The statue glows shortly after nightfall, and some people have claimed that they have been cured of skin ailments in connection with the phenomenon.

The town has since become a pilgrim destination in largely Catholic Belgium, although Catholic authorities from the Banneux sanctuary are expressing caution about the 'glowing' Virgin.

The town has since become a pilgrim destination in largely Catholic Belgium, although Catholic authorities from the Banneux sanctuary are expressing caution about the "glowing" Virgin.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
3/14/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Virgin of Banneux, statue, glowing, faithful, miracle


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - At least 500 people have visited what is being referred to in the local media as "the mysterious glowing Virgin."

Police have increased their presence around a pavilion built by the retired Belgian owners of the statue. The phenomenon was first noticed in mid-January and has gradually attracted larger crowds.

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The statue, about a foot in height, represents the "Virgin of Banneux," from the name of a nearby village where in 1933 a young girl was said to have witnessed an appearance by the Virgin.

The town has since become a pilgrim destination in largely Catholic Belgium, although Catholic authorities from the Banneux sanctuary are expressing caution about the "glowing" Virgin.

"It's certain that something is going on but I can't tell you whether there is a natural or a miraculous explanation," Father Leo Palm, who was sent to investigate the statue by the bishop of Liege says.

The owners of the statue have refused to allow it to be removed for further examination, saying "she is fine where she is."

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