Church statue 'miracle' needs Vatican confirmation

Church statue 'miracle' needs Vatican confirmation

SUBANG JAYA - Vatican confirmation is needed before an official statement can be issued regarding a statue of the Virgin Mary, said Church of St Thomas More parish priest Father Raymond Pereira.

"We are waiting for confirmation from the Vatican before making an official statement," said Pereira.

People started showing up at the church early yesterday morning to get a glimpse of the statue, with Pereira present to bless those gathered in front of the statue by sprink­ling holy water on them.

There were about 20 people in front of the statue at 9am but the number grew to 50 within the hour.

At lunch time a bigger crowd had gathered and by 10pm, there were still some 40 people in the area.

Many of the people who visited the church yesterday had heard about the "miracle" through social media messages that had been circulating among the Catholic community.

Sarah from Subang, who came to the church with her mother and younger sister, said, "we are strong devotees of Mother Mary, and wanted to witness the miracle for ourselves."

Irene Lee from Kelana Jaya said, "I heard about the statue getting taller and I wanted to pray. This is much easier for me to get to compared with going to Lourdes in France".

The church recently purchased the statue of the Virgin Mary from Vietnam.

According to a WhatsApp message that has been circulating among the Catholic community, the parish priest had witnessed something unusual on Oct 7 when the statue was due to be blessed - the statue made of polyresin had apparently turned to porcelain and grew taller by 7.2cm.

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