April 20, 2005

Our Lady of the Salt Stain

Oh, sheesh, here we go again with another gem from the Catholic-faithful-who-cried-wolf department:

A steady stream of the faithful and the curious, many carrying flowers and candles, have flocked to an expressway underpass for a view of a yellow and white stain on a concrete wall that some believe is an image of the Virgin Mary.

"We believe it's a miracle," said Elbia Tello, 42, of Chicago. "We have faith, and we can see her face."

Police have patrolled the emergency turnoff area under the Kennedy Expressway since Monday as hundreds of people have walked down to see the image and the growing memorial of flowers and candles that surround it. Beside the image is an artist's rendering of the Virgin Mary embracing Pope John Paul II in a pose some see echoed in the stain.

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Here's the "miracle":

Our Lady of the Salt Stain

Immediately to its right is an apparition that says "GO CUBS." Now that would be a miracle.