Hundreds of Catholics have gathered in prayer and worship outside a Malaysian hospital after seeing an image said to resemble the Virgin Mary on one of the windows.
Pictures of the image have gone viral among local Christians on Facebook and large crowds have gathered at the Sime Darby Medical Centre just outside Kuala Lumpur.
Those assembled Sunday maintained they can now also see an image of an adult Jesus Christ just two windows away from His mother.
Nearly 100 Catholics were still at the hospital Sunday, lighting candles, singing hymns and saying prayers. Several tourist buses added to the congestion.
The image has been shared all over Facebook, drawing more people to the site.
Many eyewitnesses, some of whom had been visiting the centre for several days, said the image had “grown clearer” since Saturday.
Malacca-Johor Diocesan Pastoral Institute director Rev Deacon Dr Sherman Kuek said if the immediate result actually excited deeper faith among the Catholics, it was a good thing.
So, no one from the church is saying this is a BAD thing that people are interpreting the random image as the Virgin. It strengthens people’s faith. Yet, the church seems hesitant to declare it a miracle. As they should be. When I first saw it, I saw a model walking down a runway. So much for the Madonna. This type of pareidolia is contextual. The strong Catholic minority here are interpreting the vision in terms of what they want to see – hope, a sign, a message. It’s nothing more.
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