On several occasions we have come in contact with stories on how the Virgin Mary appears to people and places around the world. In a recent report, a woman named Paula Raferty spotted the face of the Virgin Mary in a tree near her house in Whitefield, Greater Manchester, England.
She first noticed the unusual natural phenomenon when her neighbour pointed it out, saying it strongly resembles Virgin Mary.
The news about the weird tree image spread around the neighborhood sparking debates on what the face could be — the Mary, the Mother of God or one of the 12 apostles.
Paula said: “I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s very spooky, especially considering it is Halloween on Saturday night. My neighbour brought me out of my house this morning and said ‘look at this’ and I realised straight away that it is a face. From the pictures it does look like Mary, but sometimes to the naked eye it is so creepy that it looks a bit like a witch.
I definitely wouldn’t want the Vatican looking at it as some kind of miracle as I would be mortified if it became a site for religious pilgrims. It’s right outside my house so it would be terrible if hundreds of people started turning up – I’d have to ask the council to cut the tree down.”
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The ‘face’ is thought to be an example of pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon when people interpret random images, or patterns of light and shadows as images of animals, faces, or objects.