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First there was Myrna Nazzour in Syria [above] — the stigmatic who saw Mary in Damascus, right near where Saul saw the Light, with stiff warnings about the future. Then there was Dina Basher in Iraq — near ancient Nineveh: ditto for stigmatic phenomena and warnings. But now a different one from that same region — in fact, Syria — comes to mind. This is Aleppo — scene of recent horrors in a devastating civil war [bottom] that involves the Syrian government, Russian bombers, and radical Islamists who seek to impose sharia law. It is the most damaged area in the war-torn nation. Since 2012, many have been slain and structures destroyed.
“On the night of 2 to 3 June 1994, a mother of three children, Josephine H., forty-seven, alleges an appearance of the Virgin after being awakened by a ‘luminous clarity of rare intensity ,'” reported Chrétiens magazine. On June 5 and then a year later, June 3, 1995, Our Lady reportedly materialized again for approximately fifteen minutes. “I will multiply miracles in this place,” she said as Josephine was instantly healed of paralysis in her right side, apparently caused by problems with two vertebrae. “Father Jean Jamous, president of the Greek Catholic Church of St. George Aleppo, testified for these appearances,” said the magazine (as relayed in the Miracle Hunter website). In Aleppo is a beautiful church dedicated to the Holy Mother of God.
Fascinating it is, how apparitions seem like forerunners of major events — regional apocalypses, if you will. At Medjugorje, apparitions predated a savage civil war also, and the same was true of the Kibeho apparitions in Rwanda, this time one of history’s worst genocides. In Cairo, at Zeitoun, she appeared above a Coptic church called St. Mark’s and recently radicals bombed a church by the same name — St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral — in another part of Cairo. One wonders about the other places where a Mother (like no other mother) warns.
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