Virgin Mary Painting Comes to Life & It's a Miracle You've Got to See (VIDEO)

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When it comes to miraculous apparitions, saints and deities don't limit themselves to showing up on tortillas or other random inanimate objects; sometimes miracles happen where you'd most expect them -- like a church where a painting of the Virgin Mary was recently seen speaking!


The congregation at St Charbel's Church in New South Wales, Australia, was shocked when the lips on a painting of the Virgin Mary appeared to start moving during "The Lord's Prayer" (well, wouldn't you be?). While most of the churchgoers just looked on in astonishment, one parishioner, George Akary, had the presence of mind to go up to the altar and record the "miracle" -- and here's the footage:

Kinda crazy, right? Unfortunately it's also kinda blurry, so it's sort of hard to tell what's actually going on -- which is what skeptics have been quick to point out. Indeed, doubting Thomases the world over have taken to social media to decry the "miracle," claiming the whole thing is an optical illusion achieved through trick lighting and camera angles.

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Akary, for his part, scoffs at these accusations:

"Lights are not relevant as I have seen this occur under various lighting and have considered those possibilities," he said.

"It is what it is ... I also did notice whilst the people were praying the lips sped up or slowed down to the prayer been said."

Interesting. Of course there's no way to prove what Akary says -- but there's no way to disprove it, either. And it seems to me that when it comes to this kind of thing, whether or not the miracle in question is genuine or not is really beside the point. When people need to believe in a miracle, they will find a way and a reason to believe in that miracle -- and is that really so wrong? If somebody needs to believe the mouth on a painting of the Virgin Mary is moving to get through the day, well, what's the harm? Now, if this church starting charging sky-high admission fees for people to come to mass and see The Amazing Talking Painting, that would be a different story (but I'm pretty sure churches aren't allowed to do that). 

After all, whether you're religious or not, at the end of the day it's kind of nice to believe that miracles really do happen ... isn't it?


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