There was also stigmata. In
Baghdad (which may soon be the focus of
U.S. military actions, and where some suspect the current
bioterrorism originates), three bishops saw the blood flow from Dina.
At first oil had exuded from Dina's skin, but at one point a voice
told her that "a day will come when blood will come out of your hands,"
as it then indeed did.
The girl also saw Jesus with a golden crown and shining white robe
or with white rays around His head. She claimed the Second Coming
was drawing near (we leave such prophecies for your discernment)
and repeated Jonah's message of repentance. However the
predictions may pan out, the Patriarch issued a decree referring to
the happenings as "astounding miracles and wonders" while the Bishop
of Baghdad himself saw what had been occurring to Dina and in all
likelihood is still occurring a manifestation of God's living power.
Let us remember that Nineveh was the New York City of the day. It
was a large city and it was a wealthy city and it was where Jonah
prophesied devastation unless there was fasting and repentance.
There were idols. There was great wealth. It was a place of merchants.
It was Babylon's sister city (and nemesis). And it was destroyed both
by natural disasters and the invasions of enemy forces.
Both Nineveh and Babylon shared the worship of horned idols and
had shrines to earth divinities and the great gods like Ishtar --
whose Apparitions have also been reported recently in Egypt -- in the
midst of a militant Muslim stronghold. The site is Assiut, and the
apparitions hearken to earlier ones at a place called Zeitoun. "This year
(2001) starting on Wednesday 15 August, visitors witnessed spiritual
phenomena in the form of bright lights, which reached a peak on
Saturday 18 August," according to El-Keraza, official magazine of the
Coptic Orthodox Church. "The monastery was receiving around 30-40
thousand visitor daily, but after the spiritual phenomena the numbers
grew very rapidly."
One woman told the BBC she had had two sightings, both times
between three o'clock and six o'clock in the morning. She said she
had seen the Virgin Mary with outstretched hands and a light
emanating from them, accompanied by a smell of incense and large
numbers of pigeons. The birds seem to be a common element of the
sightings. The secretary of the Assiut Council of Churches, Father
Mina Hanna, said other people had seen a big white, brightly lit
pigeon appearing and disappearing - but he said the apparitions were
different each time.
The last time there was a major apparition, at Zeitoun, was
1968 -- just weeks after the last major war between Israel and the
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