Is this Pope John Paul II waving from beyond the grave? |
Vatican TV director says yes
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Last updated at 21:21pm on 15th October 2007
This fiery figure is being hailed as
Pope John Paul II making an appearance beyond the grave.
The image, said by believers to show the Holy Father with his right hand
raised in blessing, was spotted during a ceremony in Poland to mark the second
anniversary of his death.
Details appeared on the Vatican News Service, a TV station in Rome which
specialises in religious news broadcasts.
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Burned into the memory: The image that appeared in the bonfire, Tending his
flock: Pope John Paul II at an audience in 2001 (right)
Service director Jarek Cielecki, a Polish priest and close friend of John
Paul II, travelled to Poland after hearing an onlooker had photographed the
Father Cielecki said he was convinced the picture showed the former pontiff.
"You can see the image of a person in the flames and I think it is the
servant of God, Pope John Paul II," he said.
The pictures were being broadcast continuously on Italian TV and also posted
on religious websites, some of which crashed as thousands logged on to see for
themselves the eerie figure formed by the flames.
The bonfire was lit during a service at Beskid Zywiecki, close to John Paul's
birthplace at Katowice, southern Poland, on April 2 - the second anniversary of
Hundreds had attended the ceremony. Gregorz Lukasik, the Polish man who took
the photographs, said: "It was only afterwards when I got home and looked at the
pictures that I realised I had something.
"I showed them to my brother and sister and they, like me, were convinced the
flames had formed the image of Pope John Paul II.
"I was so happy with the picture that I showed it to our local bishop who
said that Pope John Paul had made many pilgrimages during his life and he was
still making them in death."
Original article: Daily Mail
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