Religion: Vision in Fairmount Park

One day in mid-September, Roseann Pinto, 14, and two parochial school classmates in West Philadelphia came home to their families with an exciting story. The Virgin Mary, the girls said, had appeared to them in a vision while they were sitting on a bench in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. They added that the Virgin was wearing a white gown and a bluish veil, and "vanished'.' almost instantly. Rumor spread that she had promised to return on the last Sunday in October.

Without help from either official Roman Catholic sources or Philadelphia newspapers, word of the...

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