Divine SightingsBy Amyobala Key
Throughout history, there have been numerous appearances, attributed to
divine beings, in particular those of Mary, Mother of Jesus. Always
accompanying these mysterious and astounding events have been numerous
though random healings. These events have included sightings approved by
the Catholic Church: Zaragoza, Spain (40 A.D.);
Rome, Italy (352 A.D.);
Prouille, France (1208); Aylesford, England
(1251); Guadalupe, Mexico (1531); Kazan, Russia (1579);
La Vang, Vietnam (1798); Paris, France (1830);
La Salette, France (1846);
Lourdes, France (1858);
Pontmain, France (1871);
Knock, Ireland (1879);
Fatima, Portugal (1917);
Beauraing, Belgium (1932);
Banneux, Belgium (1933);
Girgenti, Malta (1938);
Rome City, Indiana, USA (1956); Zeitoun, Egypt (1968); Akita,
Japan (1973); Kibeho, Rwanda (1982); Litmanova, Slovakia (1990);
Other sightings have been notable but are not church approved, including: Evesham, England (709 A.D.); Walsingham, England (1061); Siena, Italy (1347), Chiquinquira, Columbia (1586); Quito, Ecuador (1594); Vailankanni, India (1600); Agreda, Spain (1600s); Victories, Paris (1836); Blangy, France (1840); Siluva, Lithuania (1608); Heiloo, Holland (1713); Aparecida, Brazil (1717); Rome, Italy (1842); Lichen Stary, Poland (1850); Pellevoisin, France (1874); Pellevoisin, France (1876); Marpingen, Germany (1876); Gietrzwald, Poland (1877); Corato, Italy (1878); Rome, Italy (1884); Peking, China (1900); Sheshan, Shanghai, China (1900); Poland (1904); Caserta, Italy (1916-1953); San Giovanni, Italy - Padre Pio (1918); Verdun, Quebec, Canada (1920); Montreal, Canada (1922); Tuy, Spain (1925); Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil (1929); Ezquioga, Spain (1931); Poland - Blessed Faustina (1937); Holsterhausen, Dorsten, Germany (1940-1954); Birgamo, Italy (1944); Amsterdam, Holland (1945); Marienfried, Germany (1946); Rome, Italy (1947); Montichiari, Italy (1947);L'ile-Bourchard, France (1947); Lipa City, Lipa, Philippines (1948); Montichiari-Fontanelle, Italy (1947); Necedah, Wisconsin (1950-1975); India (1952); Syracuse, Sicily (1953); Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico (1953), Ohio, USA (1954); Garabandal, Spain (1961); Bayside, NY, USA (1968); Wu Fung Chi, Taiwan, China (1980); Medugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina (1981), San Nicolas, Argentina (1983); Surbiton, U.K. (1985); Belpasso, Italy (1986); Hrushiv, Ukraine (1987); Kurescek, Slovenia (1989); Clearwater, Florida (1996); Montreal, Canada (1998); Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (1998); Platina, Brazil (1997); Assiut, Egypt (2000); Hilversum, Netherlands (2001); Kodungaiyur, India (2001); Accra, Ghana (2004).
The Apparition at Zeitoun (a suburb of Cairo), Egypt was profound and heavily photographed. The apparitions were witnessed by thousands of onlookers, of different religions, languages and nationalities. The apparition in this case was silent, differing from those in which she would usually appear initially to children, and communicate with them in their native language.
The events began on the 2nd of April, 1968 at a Coptic Orthodox Church in
the Cairo suburb of Zeitoun. Suddenly, during the evening hours, two
Muslim mechanics and some women on the street noticed movements on the
dome of the church. The movements resolved into the figure of a young
woman, holding on to the cross on the dome. The onlookers believed that
she was about to commit suicide, one yelling at her not to jump, while the
other ran for the priest. Then one female onlooker distinguished the
image more clearly and announced loudly, "It is our Holy Mother Mary!"
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