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UFO Sighting in Luqa, Malta PDF Print E-mail
Written by MarieClaire Fonk   
Wednesday, 17 January 2007

 


 

Valleta Port, Malta Lights

  • CAN YOU tell me if these lights were fixed in one place or moving, or rotating?
         MOVING LIGHTS
  • Were they high up in the sky or just above sea/ground level?
         IN THE SKY
  • When was the exact date and time you saw them?
         DATE: 22 NOV 2006 - TIME: 11.23 pm
  • Tell me again where the light appeared approximately - the area or the place?
         BETWEEN VALLETTA PORT AND LUQA AIRPORT FOR ABOUT 30 MIN AND THAN moved AWAY
  • Did any one else see the lights or were you alone?
         ONLY ME
  • Was the sky night clear, cloudy, misty etc?
         SKY NIGHT CLEAR
  • Did you hear any noise accompanying the UFOs?
         NO
  • Was there anything strange at all or unusual?
         IT WAS LIKE A SMALL CIGARETTE about HALF INCH

Although PIRF have consulted foreign UFO investigators, so far there is no explanation as to what these strange shaped lights are all about. Should anyone have any information kindly contact PIRF so we can add to the web site.

Photographs by Albert Spiteri
Last Updated ( Monday, 12 February 2007 )
 
The Crying Madonna PDF Print E-mail
Written by Raymond Fenech   
Friday, 15 December 2006

THE CRYING MADONNA

 

 BY RAYMOND FENECH  

On a very cold night of Monday, January 23, 2006 at around 10.30p.m, Fr. Ugo Cremona, a Dominican priest was rudely awakened from his comfortable warm sofa by the shrill of the telephone. He couldn’t think of anyone who would phone at such a late hour, unless perhaps someone was dying and he was required to administer the last rites. Not this time - Fr. Cremona was being called urgently to intervene and investigate a weird incident that had just occurred at a small and humble dwelling of a family who lived in the small seaside resort of Birzebbuga.  

For discretion purposes and on the personal request made by the family, their names are not being disclosed. Throughout this story, the family will be referred to as Family X. 

When Fr. Cremona arrived at the house, he found family X together with some friends, shocked and distraught. They had sent for him for a very good reason: the approximately 2ft high statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, bought only three days before from the small village Pet shop had just cried tears of blood. 

Terrified Mrs X, who together with her husband and children and a close friend were reciting the rosary in front of the statue that had been placed in the kitchen, had phoned the parish priest, Fr. Nichol Pace and informed him about the strange occurrence. Unfortunately, Fr. Pace was ill and could not go to investigate, so he recommended they phone Fr. Cremona, who in previous years had investigated a similar incident. 

When Fr. Cremona was escorted to the kitchen where the statue stood, he was immediately stunned by the apparent abundance of red liquid trickling from both eyes of the Madonna. Fr. Cremona could do very little to comfort the family, who were near hysterics, but promised that he would report what he had witnessed to the Archbishop’s Curia the very next day. 

On the following day, the Parish priest, Fr. Pace visited the family and took the statue away from the house and placed it for safe keeping at his office. Later it was transported to the Archbishop’s Curia for further investigations. During almost three months whilst such investigations were being conducted on the statue, there was no recurrence of the crying phenomenon.  

On the 11th April 2006, the Archbishop’s Curia issued a statement saying that there was nothing supernatural about the incident. The statement was heavily criticised by Mr Michael Caruana, editor of the political Sunday newspaper, Il-Mument, the first newspaper that reported the strange happening. He maintained that the Archbishop’s Curia had spoken prematurely even before thorough investigations had taken place let alone finalized.  

When the statue was returned to the family six days later, at approximately the same time, it cried tears of blood for the second time. To family X, this was much more frightening, because the Madonna seemed to be defying the Curia’s statement. The Curia was forced to take back what it had said earlier about the first crying, when later, in another statement, it said that the forensic expert it had appointed had in fact confirmed that the liquid was human blood.  

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Photograph taken by Media Link Communications Co. Ltd (Malta)
 
Once again, the Church authorities intervened and investigations on the statue were resumed.  The liquid was once again confirmed to be human blood in a statement issued by the Archbishop’s Curia and reported on Radio 101 news, on Monday May 15, 2006. 

During a TV interview on Net Television’s weekly programme, Arena, Mr. Caruana, editor of Il-Mument, who saw the statue and was present when his photographer took photos of it, said that blood had come out of both eyes, trickled down the cheeks and fell abundantly on the chest.  

Mr. Caruana added that some of the people who were lucky enough to see the statue said they felt what they described as warm air emanating from it. Others confirmed that they saw the statue changing faces and more recently, some people who prayed the Madonna’s miraculous intervention to cure serious illnesses within their families, claimed there were signs of improvment or complete recovery. 

For Fr. Cremona this was not his first experience because he had already investigated a similar phenomenon, when the newly made replica of a 17th century statue of Our Lady of the Cave had also cried tears of blood some seven years ago. The replica statue consisting of a bust and made in Italy, is situated at the Dominican church in Rabat. The old statue had been replaced to conserve its artistic value. Experts had advised the Dominicans who owned it that because it was made of stalactite it required a humid environment and it would eventually start disintegrating if the Dominicans continued to use it in processions especially in such hot Maltese weather.  

There are some interesting common factors to ponder about in these strange phenomena. In both cases, the statues were brand new. In the case of the Madonna at Rabat, it was the new replica that had cried tears of blood. According to a marble expert, the material used to make the new statue was resin and there was no possibility that this could in any way contain liquids that could have been mistaken for tears.  

In the case of the Madonna of Birzebbuga, although the material from which it is made is not known, the statue had just been bought 3 days before from a local pet shop. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway, because forensic experts had examined both statues, and in both cases, the liquid confirmed to be human blood. Both statues cried on two occasions and in both cases people have claimed miraculous interventions of some sort, including spiritual conversions and complete recovery from serious illnesses. It is important to note that both phenomena have been documented and investigations will continue at a higher level. Many more years will probably pass before the Vatican authorities will issue official statements approving or denying these strange happenings to have been a supernatural occurrence. 

Fr. Cremona has further claimed that since the statue at the Rabat church cried tears of blood, thousands of faithful and many tourists flock daily to the church to pay homage to the Madonna of the Cave. 

It is yet to be seen whether the small statute of the Madonna of the Immaculate Conception belonging to the humble Birzebbuga family will be kept at their home, or whether it will be transferred to a public place. Based on the advice of the Archbishop’s Curia, family X are not accepting visitors. It stands to reason that this situation is not likely to last because the population will be putting pressure on the Church authorities to advise the family to release the statue so it can be put in the village Parish Church or in a public shrine, where the faithful can visit it and benefit from its miraculous interventions.  

Acknowledgements:  

News feature in Il-Mument 23rd April 2006 (Sunday newspaper)Arena (talk show on Net Television)

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 January 2007 )
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