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Last Updated: Friday April 22 2005 08:32 GMT

'Virgin Mary' appears at roadside

People gathered by the image of the 'Virgin Mary'
Hundreds of people have flocked to the side of a motorway in the US where an image of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared on a wall.

The picture is on a concrete wall underneath the road, and people have started to gather there, bringing candles and bunches of flowers.

"We believe it's a miracle," one woman said. "We can see her face."

But authorities in Chicago, where the image is, said it was more likely to be caused by a salt stain.

"This is the first time I've felt something so deep in my heart," another visitor said. "There's something in the air, her energy is here."

A woman touches the image
We believe it's a miracle. We can see her face.

News of the image had been slowly spreading around the Catholic community, but then it was on TV and has become a local attraction.

Luckily authorities say they have no plans to clean the wall.

This is the latest in a series of religious images that have been found in strange places. There has already been a picture of Jesus in a frying pan, and another Virgin Mary image on a slice of toast.

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