Australian Associated Press, Feb. 2, 2004
Even on the traditional Christian day of rest, the Virgin Mary has made another appearance at Sydney’s Coogee Beach, with several thousand gathered for the spectacle.
Optical illusion or religious vision, between the hours of 3pm and 4.45pm AEDT, the apparition has appeared on a fencepost at the northernmost tip of the beach.
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The religious, families, teenagers and just plain curious mass on the cliff and below on the sand in anticipation.
Some were amazed by what they saw and others were disappointed.
“I saw an apparition but it wasn’t Mary,” Garry Quinn of Hocking, Wisconsin in the US, said referring to the beach’s bikini-clad babes.
“It’s hot out here, so if she does show up, hopefully she will be wearing sunscreen.
Diana Kahwati of Maroubra was emotional and teary-eyed as she pointed out the vision to friends.
“I saw it last week and this is my second time I have come to see her,” Mrs Kahwati said.
“It feels so good that our dear Virgin Mary is with us, she’s trying to get us as close to God, her Son and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Mrs Kahwati said the apparition brought a message of peace as the world prepares for a war.
But Tony Turry of Strathfield said it did not really matter what message she was trying to bring.
“Different people see different things. They reckon she shows up in different coloured shawls, sometimes blue and other times maroon,” he said.
“But it doesn’t matter because everybody gets a different message.”
Natalie Wyazbek of South Sydney agreed.
“I think it is amazing that so many people are gathered in one spot to see her,” she said.