STERRETT, Ala. (AP) -- A religious group is concluding a holiday-week event that drew thousands of people to a central Alabama pasture to be near a woman who claims to have visions of the Virgin Mary.
Believers from across the nation gathered this week at a Roman Catholic compound called Caritas of Birmingham to see Marija Pavlovic Lunetti. They spent hours praying in a Shelby County field near a statue of Christ's mother.
Lunetti, 47, is among a group of people who first claimed to have visions of Mary in 1981 in Bosnia.
In Alabama, no one but Lunetti reports seeing the apparitions, but the crowd watches her eyes as she looks up to a fixed point in the air.
The Roman Catholic church has not taken a position on the visions. Priests are prohibited from holding Mass at Caritas of Birmingham, but a nearby Catholic church was allowed to offer a special service to accommodate visitors.
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