The Official Statement from the Papal Residence in Cairo
on the Apparition of Saint Mary in the Zeitoun Virgin Mary Coptic
Orthodox Church in Cairo, Egypt
Since the evening of Tuesday April 2, 1968 (the 24th of Bramhat,
1684 A.M.), the apparitions of the Holy Virgin Saint Mary, Mother
of Light, have continued in the Coptic Orthodox Church named after
Her in Zeitoun, Cairo.
The apparitions occurred on many different nights and are continuing
in different forms. The Holy Virgin Saint Mary appeared sometimes
in full form and sometimes in a bust, surrounded with a halo of
shining light. She was seen at times on the openings of the domes
on the roof of the church, and at other times outside the domes,
moving and walking on the roof of the church and over the domes.
When She knelt in reverence in front of the cross, the cross shone
with bright light. Waving Her blessed hands and nodding Her holy
head, She blessed the people who gathered to observe the miracle.
She appeared sometimes in the form of a body like a very bright
cloud, and sometimes as a figure of light preceded with heavenly
bodies shaped like doves moving at high speeds. The apparitions
continued for long periods, up to 2 hours and 15 minutes as in the
dawn of Tuesday April 30, 1968 (the 22nd of Barmouda, 1684 A.M.),
when She appeared continuously from 2:45 am till 5:00 am.
Thousands of people from different denominations and religions,
Egyptians and foreign visitors, clergy and scientists, from different
classes and professions, all observed the apparitions. The description
of each apparition as of the time, location and configuration was
identically witnessed by all people, which makes this apparition
unique and sublime.
Two important aspects accompanied these apparitions: The first is
an incredible revival of the faith in God, the other world and the
saints, leading to repentance and conversion of many who strayed
away from the faith. The second are the numerous miracles of healing
which were verified by many physicians to be miraculous in nature.
The Papal Residence has thoroughly investigated the apparitions
and gathered information by way of committes of clergy who have
also witnessed the apparitions by themselves and recorded everything
in reports presented to His Holiness Pope Kyrillos VI.
By issuing this statement, the Papal Residence declares, with full
faith and great joy and humility of a thankful heart, that the Holy
Virgin Mary, Mother of Light, appeared in clear forms on many different
nights, for periods of variable length, lasting on occasions more
than 2 continuous hours, starting on the eve of Tuesday April 2,
1968 (the 24th of Bramhat, 1684 A.M.) and up till now (the date
of the report) in the Coptic Orthodox Church named after Her in
Zeitoun, Cairo. It is historically proven that the location of this
church in Tumanbay street, in Zeitoun quarter, on the way to El-Matarya,
Cairo, is on the path taken by the Holy Family when visiting Egypt.
May God make this miracle a symbol of peace for the world, and a
blessing for our nation as it has been prophesized: "Blessed
be Egypt My people."
Saturday May 4, 1968
Barmouda 26, 1684 A.M.
Papal Residence in Cairo