The divine is supernatural, but religion is very much of this world. The way people worship even has an impact on their physical surroundings. Here's a telltale sign that you're in Catholic country: chapels, shrines and grottoes dot the roadside.
The Veiled Virgin is the name of a piece of marble sculpture created by Giovanni Strazza, an Italian sculptor. As its name indicates, this sculpture is a bust of the Blessed Virgin Mary wearing a veil. The Veiled Virgin is particularly notable for its fine craftsmanship, as Strazza manages to transform the hard marble into something that reflects the softness and fineness of a real veil.
This column receives some quirky emails, none more so than one which arrived in my inbox earlier this week. Sceptically, I opened the MRI photo thinking like many photos of simulacra faces and forms in nature I receive at this time of year that I may have to squint, or stand on my head or both! Photo: Supplied.
Perceptions of religious imagery in natural phenomenasometimes called simulacraare sightings of images with spiritual or religious themes or import to the perceiver. The images perceived, whether iconic or aniconicmay be the faces of religious notables or the manifestation of spiritual symbols in the natural, organic media or phenomena of the natural world. The occurrence or event of perception may be transient or fleeting or may be more enduring and monumental. The phenomenon appears to approach a cultural universal and may often accompany nature worshipanimismand fetishismalong with more formal or organized belief systems.
According to the Catholic Stations of the Cross, there was once a woman who wiped the sweat and blood from the face of Jesus Christ with a cloth as he endured the torturous walk carrying his own cross to Calvary. Legend tells the rest of the story as a miraculous one. Some believe that Christ's sweat, having left an imprint of his face on the cloth, transferred healing properties into its fabric.
There have also been continued reports of seeing the apparition and receiving messages from it during the years since. The seers often refer to the apparition as the " Gospa ",  which is a Croatian archaism for lady. On May 13,a papal response came when Pope Francis declared that the original visions reported by the teenagers are worth studying in more depth, while the subsequent continued visions over the years are, in his view, of dubious value.
The phenomenon is described as random bursts of color to showers of golden flakes. History: Thousands of people have flocked to Valley Hill in Springfield, Kentucky, because of several visions of the Virgin Mary, along with random bursts of color and showers of golden flakes. The first person to have seen the visions was the owner of Valley Hill, Iona Wright, who claims to have seen several different visions for many years.
Janko Bubalo, a Franciscan of the Hercegovinian province. He had followed the events associated with the apparitions from the beginning. For a number of years he heard confessions in Medjugorje and acquired an intimate knowledge of Medjugorje spirituality.
All rights reserved. In a small Roman Catholic chapel in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the village of Medjugorje, Ivan Dragicevic walks down the aisle, kneels in front of the altar, bows his head for a moment, and then, smiling, lifts his gaze heavenward. His daily conversation with the Virgin Mary has begun.
Mathew Schmalz does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Onlookers have gathered out of curiosity, and also for prayer and healing. The liquid on the statue has been found to be olive oil and balsam — the same mixture that is used for certain Catholic rituals after being blessed by a bishop.