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Spruce almighty! Is this the Virgin Mary on a tree trunk?

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Spruce almighty! Is this the Virgin Mary on a tree trunk?

by Beth Stebner,
July 13th 2012

Swarms of devout Catholics and curious bystanders alike have been flocking to a tree in northern New Jersey the past few days, hoping to catch a glimpse of an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

People gathered around the tree in West New York, New Jersey to view the Mexican version of the Virgin Mary, placing flowers, candles, and other religious effects by it.

But not everyone is convinced the tree shows the iconic likeness of the Holy Mother.

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Sceptics told the Jersey Journal that the dozens of people loitering around 60th Street and Bergenline Avenue waiting to catch a glimpse.

West New York resident Gerardo Gaspor told the paper: ‘I think (it’s special if) they believe in Guadalupe,’ but added later that the image was ‘nothing special.’

But not all residents of the town were quite so incredulous. Fellow West New York resident Barbara Questel told NBC New York: ‘As soon as I got here, I felt this rush when I saw it, this rush from my body. It’s such an amazing feeling!’

It was first spotted by Johanna Ramos, who saw the suspicious-looking mark in the tree and reported it to Mayor Felix Roque.

The mayor permitted flowers to be placed at the base of the tree, which then inspired others to investigate.

Roque was recently arrested by the FBI for his part in a computer hacking scandal and charged with three counts of hacking an opponent’s recall website.

Makeshift shrines have sprung up by the tree; people have been praying, crying and leaving flowers and candles as they look at the small opening where the bark was stripped away.


A fence and other barricades also have been set up around the tree, which is in a sidewalk along a commercial strip.

Newark Archdiocese spokesman Jim Goodness tells The Journal of Jersey City the image is likely ‘some discoloration that resembles Our Lady of Guadalupe.’

The town, with a population just shy of 50,000, is a short ferry ride away from Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

This is hardly the first time the likeness of a religious figure has been found in a common object.
Last month, two boys getting Chinese takeout in the U.K. found the likeness of Jesus Christ in the crumbling wall of the restaurant.

Ahead of Easter Sunday, a woman walking on the beach at James Island in South Carolina snapped a picture of a stingray with what she said is the Son of God on its back.

The Catholic 24-year-old said it was an interesting coincidence ahead of the Easter holidays.

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July 16, 2012 at 6:04 am

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  1. Oooooh!


    December 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm

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