Faithful see Virgin Mary in hospital window

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Hundreds of people are being drawn to a Catholic hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts, by what they say
looks like an image of the Virgin Mary in a window.

Sister Kathleen Sullivan, senior vice president at Mercy Medical Center, says the image in a vacant, second-story office was first noticed Tuesday morning. Sullivan says while the cause of the image was not immediately clear, she's humbled by the show of faith.

As many as 300 people, some weeping, gathered outside the building to take photographs, pray, and say the rosary. One woman called the image comforting at a time of national turmoil.

A spokesman for the Springfield Diocese says it could take the church years to investigate, but called the faith of local Catholics "inspiring."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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