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March 19, 2006

Is this a bleeding miracle?

Only the Australian media could stick that title on this story:

The Catholic Church claims a modern-day miracle is unfolding in Rockingham.
It says that a 50-year-old father of three, whose identity is being kept secret, is displaying stigmata on his hands and feet – wounds that appear similar to those on the crucified body of Christ.
The Rev Father Finbarr Walsh told The Sunday Times this week that he had witnessed the phenomena, which lasted 24 hours and included visions of and messages from the Virgin Mary.
He said he had never seen such a thing in his 50 years as a priest, with the wounds appearing to be covered in blood.
He believed the stigmata was real, saying he had no reason to think the man was a fraud.
“I haven’t come across anything like this before,” Father Walsh said.
“I have seen the wounds. They are not fake. He is getting the wounds of Jesus on his hands and feet.”
“You see them bleeding. When he has them, he is in great pain. But they disappear within 24 hours. It has to be a miracle.”
… Father Walsh said the man had received hundreds of messages from the Virgin Mary.
She appeared to him on the eighth day of every month and sometimes more often.
“I have been there when he says he has seen Our Lady,” Father Walsh said. “He is the only one who sees her. The only evidence is his word.”
“I don’t think he (is lying). He is a holy person.”

And holy people never lie, do they?

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