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A series of extraordinary spiritual phenomena have been observed at Soufanieh, a suburb of Damascus in Syria, between 1982 and 2004 [1]. They began on November 27 1984 when oil started to flow from a small paper image of the Virgin Mary in the house of the Nazzour family [2]. Effusions of oil have since been observed on liturgical feast days, either on the aforementioned image, reproductions of that image, or on the hands and face of Mrs. Nazzour (Myrna). This oil has been analysed by six laboratories in Syria and Europe and was found to be 100% pure olive oil [3].

Other spiritual phenomena observed at Soufanieh:
- Myrna has received stigmata on the Holy Thursdays of the years 1984, 1987, 1990 and 2001, i.e. the years in which the date of the celebration of Easter among catholics and orthodox coincided[4]. These have been confirmed by a number of doctors who were present[5].
- spiritual extasies undergone by Myrna.
- Healings, among others, from cancer and blindness, as well as conversions.
- apparitions of the Virgin Mary have been reported. These were visible only to Myrna.[6]

The Nazzour’s home has become a venue for prayer groups and attracts pilgrims from all over the world.

The Message

The content of the messages Myrna has experienced in interior locutions, which according to her came either from the Virgin Mary or from Jesus Christ, were: the necessity of the return to God; love, penitence, joy, mutual forgiveness, and sanctity; the necessity of evangelisation, of the unicity of the family and of the church[7] – Myrna reported that the Virgin Mary said: “The church is the kingdom of the heavens on earth. Whoever has divided it, has done wrong, and whoever has rejoiced in its division has also done wrong.”[8]

References

  1. Sbalchiero in: Laurentin/ Sbalchiero (2007), p. 1093-1097.
  2. Zahlaoui in Sbalchiero (2002), p. 739.
  3. Zahlaoui in Sbalchiero (2002), p. 739; and Touw in Resch (1997), p. 261.
  4. Sbalchiero in Laurentin/ Sbalchiero (2007), p. 1095.
  5. Zahlaoui in Sbalchiero (2002), p. 739.
  6. ibid.
  7. ibid.
  8. Touw in Resch (1997), p. 264; see also film at http://www.soufanieh.com/MULTIMEDIA/19900430.usa.eng.dr.mansour.1of4.wmv , retrieved June 2009.

Bibliography

Zahlaoui, Élias: Soufanieh. - in Sbalchiero, Patrick (ed.)(2002): Dictionnaire des miracles et de l'extraordinaire chrétien. - Paris: Fayard, p. 738-741.

Sbalchiero, Patrick: Damas/ Soufanieh. - in Laurentin, René/ Sbalchiero, Patrick (ed.)(2007): Dictionnaire des "apparitions" de la Vierge Marie. - Paris: Fayard, p. 1093-1097.

Touw, Johannes M.: Öl-Materialisationen und Stigmen in Soufanieh (Damaskus). - in: Resch, Andreas (1997): Paranormologie und Religion. - Innsbruck: Resch, p. 251-321.

Robert J. Fox (2002): Light from the East – Miracles of Our Lady of Soufanieh.

External links

Website dedicated to Our Lady of Soufanieh: [1]

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