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Hundreds pray near vision of Virgin Mary

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2000

PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (AP) -- For days, hundreds of people have been gathering outside Romona Collado's two-story apartment to pray to the Virgin Mary.

The people say they see the image in an upstairs window of Collado's home.

The image appears to be God's face, the Virgin Mary and an angel, said Felix Prats, Collado's son-in-law. ''You look from right outside to the window and you see it.''

Several people filed into Collado's home to reach out and touch the window, which appears to show changing colors when the light hits it. Spectators set up candles on a downstairs ledge and many people came with rosary beads.

''I don't know if it's the virgin or not, but it helps the faith. It gives inspiration,'' the Rev. Michael Scott of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church told The Home News Tribune.

Rayanne Damianno, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Metuchen, said the diocese had no comment on the apparition.

Romona Collado said the image is a message from the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, to repent and pray.

Prats said that Collado's son, Ramon, had become paralyzed falling from the window more than a year ago. Ramon Collado had a conversation with the Virgin Mary three weeks ago, he said.

She told him ''we got to be prepared 'cause she's coming and her son is coming,'' Prats said.

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