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 Unknown to many, the Virgin Mary has appeared in the Muslim
 nation of Iraq with a serious message. The apparitions have allegedly
 taken place at Mozul. We are trying to get an update. Obviously, and
 especially in light of current events, the locale has great meaning.
 It is a vicinity that encompasses the ruins of the ancient city of Nineveh
 - where Jonah issued his strong warning (Jonah 3:4) of repentance. It
 was one of a number of apparitions to occur in recent times in the
 Mideast, and its occurrence in the very stronghold of Saddam
 Hussein can now be seen as dramatic.
 The apparitions began on the Feast of the Assumption in 1991 to a 14-
 year-old Syrian Orthodox girl, Dina Basher, who claimed that on one
 occasion Our Lord came to her in a bright light, blinding her for
several days.

 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 back in
 1968 -- just weeks after the last major war between Israel and the
 Arab nations...

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