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Apparition of Our Lady of Coogee Beach

Hundreds of Sydneysiders flocked to the Coogee Beach headland yesterday to witness what they say is an apparition of the Virgin Mary.

Many hiked up the cliff path to touch, kiss and pray to the post which over the past few days has been transformed into something of a shrine, with pictures of the virgin, rosary beads and flowers piled around the white-washed fence.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that some wept, others sang, most prayed. As the sunlight reflected off a crook in the fence throughout the afternoon, hundreds claimed they could discern the shape of a veiled figure, and most agreed it was Our Lady.

Local parish priest Fr Denis Holm told the Herald that he believes the daily appearance of the Virgin Mary on the headland is nothing more than an optical illusion.

"I'm not putting a great amount of store on the significance of it," he said. "However, if people are experiencing a sense of peace by being there, then I see it as a good thing."

However the 'sense of peace' caused tension with locals who found it difficult to park near their homes.

Sydney Morning Herald

Now it's St Mary of Coogee (Daily Telegraph)
St Brigid's Parish Coogee

31 Jan 2003