April 24th, 2005



Pilgrims pray to Madonna of the subway

From Elaine Monaghan in Washington
THOUSANDS of Roman Catholics have flocked to the concrete wall of a grimy Chicago underpass to pay homage to what they insist is an apparition of the Virgin Mary marking the passing of Pope John Paul II.

The human-sized yellow and white image appears to have formed from road salt and rainwater that over time has spilt from the Kennedy Expressway overhead. Nonetheless, believers insist that the stain is a miracle.
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