Monday, January 16, 2006
The Zeitoun (Zeitun) Apparitions
In April of 1968 and for three years the Virgin Mary appeared in Zeitoun Egypt (also spelled Zeitun). The apparitions were silent, but seen by more than a million people hundreds of times. They are accepted by the Coptic and Roman Catholic Churches as authentic. People were healed, as Christians and Muslims together saw Mary.
Muslims believe in the virgin birth and the Immaculate Conception (although they believe that Mary was born immune to temptation, since they differ on original sin). And they hold Mary as ever virgin.
Above the dome of St. Marks Coptic Church the Virgin appeared. What makes this different from other apparitions? Not only is it something that unites us in belief to our Coptic brothers and sisters, but there are photos. Photos that millions of people agree, are what they saw.
(link) Art Gallery with photos
(link) Web Gallery with photos, video and copies of the news stories
Also, the book, "God-Sent : A History of the Accredited Apparitions of Mary" by Roy Abraham Varghese has a nice section on Zeitoun.
There continues to be healings and miracles to this day at St. Marks. But why there? Why Zeitoun?
Zeitoun has long been held as a place where the Holy Family rested as they fled into Egypt.
On some of the pages there are links to other mideast apparitions, I have not heard of them being jointly approved by Coptic and Vatican authority.
Posted by DavidNic at 5:30 PM