Thousands of Irish Catholics have flocked to a church in County Limerick, Ireland, to see a tree stump which they believe is an image of the Virgin Mary.
The vision appeared when workmen felled a willow tree near the churchyard entrance and noticed that it resembled the mother of Jesus.
However, whilst people are praying at the image and are inspired by the sight, the church is more sceptical.
A spokesman for the Limerick diocesan office said the ‘Church’s response to phenomena of this type is one of great scepticism.’
‘While we do not wish in any way to detract from devotion to Our Lady, we would also wish to avoid anything which might lead to superstition,’ said Fr Paul Finnerty.
This isn’t the first time the Virgin Mary has appeared in an unusual place. Sightings have included in a cornflake, within a cloth and on a slice of toast, which later sold for $28,000 on eBay.
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