Reactions vary to image on wall

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2000

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- When an outer wall at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church is wet, a 15-foot, Christ-like image mysteriously appears.

Church officials believe it's miraculous and regularly spray the wall with a garden hose to accommodate the curious and believers who come to gaze. When the wall dries, the image disappears.

Others are calling the water police to complain. Much of Florida's central Gulf Coast is under water use restrictions because of a drought. But county officials say they find no regulations governing water use at religious sites.

The image resembles a traditional portrait of Jesus -- with beard, long hair and a halo.

Presbyterians say that such occurrences are more common with Catholic churches.

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