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Pope John Paul II ‘appears’ in bonfire vision

From Mother Theresa in a cinammon bun, to the Virgin Mary on a toasted cheese sandwich – images resembling religious icons are regularly spotted in unlikely places.

 

Now this fiery figure – photographed in a bonfire in Poland – is being hailed as Pope John Paul II making an appearance from beyond the grave.

Dressed in robes, slightly hunched and his right hand raised in blessing, the image appeared during a ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the pontiff’s death.

The photograph has since been shown repeatedly on Italian television, and a religious website displaying the image crashed as thousands logged on to see it for themselves.

The bonfire was lit during a service on April 2, at Beskid Zywiecki – near the Holy Father’s birthplace in Wadowice, southern Poland.

Hundreds attended the ceremony and Polish cameraman Gregorz Lukasik captured the image on his new camera.

He contacted Father Jarek Cielecki, director of Rome’s Vatican News Service and a close friend of John Paul II, who then travelled to Poland himself.

Mr Lukasik 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.

“There is a tongue of flame to one side which resembles his right arm raised as if giving a blessing.

“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.”










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4 comments

  1. Andy Kiss Reply

    The fire is a sign of the Holy Spirit

    1. Patrick Gannon Reply

      A little tongue of fire on your head is a sign of the Holy Spirit. Look at any article on this site that discusses Hell and they will post a picture of Hell that looks an awful lot like that bonfire. Actually it looks a lot to me, like someone being burned at the stake. Perhaps that is what Giordano Bruno looked like when he was burned at the stake, in part, for suggesting that stars were actually suns with planets going around them. You see the Pope. I see Bruno (and every other victim of Catholic witch burnings or Inquisitions) crying out for justice. Funny how the mind can do that, huh?

  2. Martin Miston Reply

    Wool it nice to hear .St Paul ii pray for us.

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