Throughout history, people have reported witnessing events that defy explanation. These events, often deemed as miracles, have been observed by large groups of people, adding to their authenticity and mystery. Here’s a look into some of the most captivating miracles that left thousands in awe.
The Sun Dance at Fátima
In 1917, three Portuguese children claimed that the Virgin Mary would appear to them in Fátima. On October 13, tens of thousands gathered and witnessed the “Sun Dance” – the sun seemed to change colors and spin.
The Crying Statue of Akita
In 1973 in Akita, Japan, a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary was observed crying by over 2,000 individuals. The statue reportedly wept on 101 occasions.
The Blood of Saint Januarius
In Naples, Italy, the dried blood of Saint Januarius is said to liquefy during annual ceremonies. This phenomenon has been witnessed by countless observers since the 14th century.
The Cross of Light in Egypt
In 1968, images of the Virgin Mary were reported atop a church in Zeitoun, Cairo. The apparitions lasted for three years and were witnessed by many, including President Nasser.
The Healing Waters of Lourdes
In 1858, a young girl named Bernadette Soubirous claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France. Since then, the waters at the shrine have been associated with healing, witnessed by thousands.
The Miracle of Lanciano
In the 8th century in Lanciano, Italy, during a Mass, bread and wine purportedly transformed into actual flesh and blood. This miracle has been preserved and witnessed by many over the centuries.
The Moving Eyes of Belmez
In 1971, María Gómez Pereira in Belmez, Spain, discovered a face appearing on her cement floor. More images appeared, some claiming they moved. Thousands visited the house to witness the phenomenon.
The Dancing Sufi of Konya
In 13th century Turkey, it’s said that the poet Rumi spontaneously danced in ecstasy after hearing a divine message. Thousands have since witnessed the spinning dance of the Whirling Dervishes, a tradition born from this event.
The Incorruptible Saint
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, the visionary of Lourdes, died in 1879. Her body, viewed by thousands, remains incorrupt in Nevers, France.
The Tilma of Guadalupe
In 1531, Juan Diego witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary in Mexico City. Her image on his cloak, or tilma, has been viewed by millions and remains undeteriorated.
The Levitating Saint of Assisi
Saint Francis of Assisi, in the early 13th century, was reportedly seen levitating during a sermon by numerous witnesses.
The Miracle of the Holy Fire
An annual event in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a flame is said to spontaneously emerge from Christ’s tomb. This has been a witnessed event since the 9th century.
The Rain of Fish in Honduras
In the town of Yoro, it’s said that heavy rains bring forth a shower of live fish. This phenomenon, witnessed by locals since the 19th century, attracts numerous visitors.
The Moving Statues of Ireland
In 1985, statues of the Virgin Mary were reported to move at different locations in Ireland. Thousands claimed to witness this phenomenon.
The Milk-Drinking Statues
In 1995, Hindu statues worldwide were reported to “drink” milk offerings. Thousands witnessed this short-lived phenomenon.
The Angel of Mons
In 1914, during a WWI battle, British soldiers reported seeing an apparition of St. George and medieval bowmen. This “Angel of Mons” tale was witnessed by many.
The Hindu Milk Miracle
In 2006, thousands flocked to temples across India, claiming that idols were drinking milk once again, reminiscent of the 1995 event.
The Apparition of Knock
In 1879, 15 villagers in Knock, Ireland, claimed to see an apparition of the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, and Saint John. The event lasted for hours and was witnessed by many.
The Golden Rain in Sri Lanka
In 2012, villagers in Puttalam, Sri Lanka, reported a mysterious rain of tiny gold-colored balls. Thousands gathered to witness this enigmatic shower.
The Miracle of the Snow
In 352 AD, snowfall marked an outline of a basilica in Rome during summer. This was witnessed by many, leading to the construction of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.
The Sign of the Cross in the Sky
In 1961, thousands in Yugoslavia reported seeing a luminous cross in the sky on Good Friday, lasting for half an hour.
The Miracle of Calanda
In 1640, in Calanda, Spain, a farmer’s amputated leg was said to be miraculously restored. Thousands flocked to see him.
The Floating Stone of Shivapur
In India, a shrine in Shivapur has a stone that reportedly levitates when touched by 11 people chanting the name of a revered saint. This has been a tourist attraction for decades.
The Glistening Waters of Jamaica
The Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica, witnessed by thousands, exhibits a glow when disturbed, due to a microorganism in the water.
The Miracle of the Sun in Egypt
In 2009, thousands claimed to see the sun pulsate, change colors, and descend during prayers in Giza, Egypt.
The Bleeding Eucharist of Betania
In 1991, a consecrated host was reported to bleed in Betania, Venezuela. Thousands visited the chapel to witness the event.
The Apparitions of Medjugorje
Since 1981, six visionaries in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, claim to see daily apparitions of the Virgin Mary, attracting millions of pilgrims.
The Miraculous Image of the Child Jesus
In the 16th century, an image of the Child Jesus in Cebu, Philippines, was discovered unscathed after a fire. It has since been venerated by millions.
The Fish with Quranic Inscriptions
In 1999, fish with Arabic inscriptions, believed to be Quranic verses, were found in Yorkshire, England. Thousands visited to see them.
The Miracle of Bolsena
In 1263, a consecrated host in Bolsena, Italy, was reported to bleed onto a linen cloth. This event, witnessed by many, led to the institution of the Feast of Corpus Christi.
The Light of Bethlehem
Every Christmas Eve in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, a mysterious light is said to emanate from the birthplace of Jesus, witnessed by thousands.
The Miraculous Healing Springs of Tlacote
In the 1990s, thousands visited Tlacote, Mexico, after reports of a spring with healing properties.
The Sign of the Rose in New York
In 1960, during a prayer meeting in New York, attendees claimed to smell roses. Though no flowers were present, thousands claimed to witness the scent over the years.
The Weeping Madonna of Syracuse
In 1953, a plaster image of the Virgin Mary was reported to weep in Syracuse, Italy. Over one million people reportedly visited to witness the event.