Lisa Be

By Lisa Be

LifeBuzz Staff

The 10 Most Famous Miracles Of All Time. #6 Gave Me Goosebumps.

Is there a such thing as miracles? Do angels really exist? Science seems to have logical reasons for unusual occurrences that defy natural and scientific law, but for the people of faith, scientific explanations are not necessary.

Some people of other religions believe that this type of unexplained phenomena is the work of demons.

Here are 10 controversial religious miracles and mysteries that have continued to interest people from all over world. You be the judge.

#1. Our Lady of Akita

In 1973, a Virgin Mary statue in a church in Akita, Japan began to weep tears after a deaf nun named Sister Agnes Sasagawa claimed to see a guardian angel. Reports of stigmata and weeping from the statue continued for 6 years on 101 occasions. Sister Agnes regained her hearing ten years later.

In 1981, a Korean woman named Theresa Chun Son Ho had a terminal brain tumor. She was miraculously cured after her family and friends prayed for the intercession of Our Lady of Akita. The woman saw visions of the Virgin Mary during her recovery. Her case was documented by Dr. Joseph Oh of Seoul, Korea.

Our Lady of Akita

#2. Shroud of Turin

The Shroud of Turin is claimed to be the cloth that Jesus Christ was buried in. The linen cloth has a faint imprint of a man's face and wounds consistent with the crucifixion. Its authenticity has been questioned for centuries.

In 1988, radiocarbon dating carried out by Oxford University found that the shroud was only 728 years old. But a new study claims an 8.2 magnitude earthquake in 33AD that actually caused the image to be imprinted may have also skewed the dating results by releasing neutron particles from crushed rock.

The new theory was published in journal Meccanica

 Shroud of Turin

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#3. Virgin Mary in Cairo

On April 2, 1968, people in Cairo reported seeing an apparition of a woman walking on the roof of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Many claimed it was the Virgin Mary. The apparition was accompanied by dove-shaped lights and moved about at high speeds. Some who saw it claimed to be cured of illnesses they suffered prior to witnessing the apparition. Large numbers of unbelievers converted that year.

The event was even photographed, and skeptics couldn't find any evidence that the photos were manipulated. The head of the Coptic Church declared this event as a real miracle.

#4. Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City

A peasant named Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin claimed that he saw the Virgin Mary. She told him to have others build a church in her honor. She also asked him to bring flowers and place them on his apron and to set them on the hillside. He followed her instructions. Afterward, he lifted his apron and found an impression of the Virgin Mary.

In 1981, the apron Cuauhtlatoatzin wore was studied by Philip Serna Callahan with infrared rays. Callahan reported that Virgin Mary's face, hands and robe were painted in one step without sketches or paintbrush strokes.

In 1936, Nobel Chemistry prize recipient Richard Kuhn examined the apron and said that the coloring used was not from a vegetable, mineral or animal source.

Studies started in 1956 to 2001 by several ophthalmologists, including Dr. Javier Torroella Bueno and Dr. José Aste Tonsmann. They claim to have found images reflected in the eyes of the Virgin Mary after the photograph was amplified 2,500 times. Her pupils reflect a group of Franciscans and Native Americans.

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