VIRGIN MARY APPEARS AT A MONASTERY IN EGYPT
"Curiosity and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary have brought Christians and Muslims together in the city of Aslut, where she regularly appears at the Coptic Church of St. Mark."
Since August 1, thousands of pilgrims, Christians and Muslims alike, have gone to the monastry, located 12 kilometers (7 miles) south of Aslut, to see the nightly apparitions of the former Miriam bat-Joachim. Aslut is about 600 kilometers (360 miles) south of Cairo.
(Editor's Note: Miriam is also venerated by Muslims as a prophetess and is mentioned often in al-Quran or the Koran.)
"'The apparition constitutes a message of peace and hope following the upheavals throughout the region in recent years. The Virgin has managed to bring everyone together in a single heart,' said Father Jacob Suleiman of the Aslut bishopric in Upper Egypt."
"With an approximate population of 64 million, Egypt is 20 percent Christian, largely belonging to the Coptic Church while the number of (Roman) Catholics is estimated at 300,000."
Father Suleiman, said "We have had no trouble of any kind" with "the thousands of Christians and Muslims who have come to seek a blessing, some in the hope of being cured of serious illnesses."
The apparitions began on August 1, the start of an annual festival in Upper Egypt honoring the Holy Family. The monastery is located on a hilltop some 12 kilometers from the city of Aslut. "From this date onward, many people have reported seeing spiritual beings resembling white pigeons (doves?--J.Y.) flying around the church belfry and around the dome, along with (anomalous) lights and flashes," added Father Suleiman.
"'The (Coptic_ bishopric did not confirm the apparition until August 17 (2000) when an official delegation went to the church and saw the apparition."
"'It is a light which forms the image of the Virgin Mary and which hovers between the church's twin spires, giving a blessing with her hands,'" he added.
"Apparitions of the Virgin Mary have been regularly reported in Egypt since 1968 when she was seen at a church in Zeitoun near Cairo. Then-president Gamal Abdel Basser visited the church to see it." (See the EFE Spanish news agency report for September 9, 1000. Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, autor de los libros Chupacabras and Other Mysteries y Forbiggen Mexico para esas noticias.)
(Editor's Comment: Miriam and her family reportedly lived in Upper Egypt when they were on the dodge from Herod and the kosherites.
Butch: "The next time I say let's go someplace like Bolivia, let's go someplace like Bolivia!"
Sundance: Next time."
CHUPACABRA KILLS DUCKS AND GEESE IN CHILE
struck again in Chile, killing five ducks and three geese at a home in La Florida.
"The Chupacabra went out for the feathery kind (of prey--S.C.) and feasted on five ducks ...in the early morning hours" of Wednesday, September 13, 2000, at a henhouse at Avenida Las Perrices in the barrio Las Catas (neighborhood) in La Florida.
Its arrival in La Florida, is just the latest in a string of Chupacabra sightings in Chile. According to the newspaper, La Cuarta, the Chupacabra has also been seen recently in Capiapi, Szan Vicente de Tagua Tagua, Panquehe, Las Cabras, Roquenua and Peumo."
These communities have reported "the strange creature that leaves no trace of any footprints and is more like a ghost or a creature of the Devil himself."
"The home where the incident occurred is owned by an out-of-town family, but there are two live-in caretakers on the property, Sra, Alicia Becker Quezada and her husband, Francisco Eduardo Vilagros.
"With a timorous voice, Dona Alicia explained that there were three geese in the enclosure which are not known for their silence when something odd is afoot."
"'Imagine~ Geese holler (quite a bit--S.C.) and that night I don't think it was the heavy rain that kept me from hearing their honking. We were most surprised in the morning,' she said, adding that the feathered victims' legs were all pointed upward, were bloodless, and none of them had any signs of violence upon their bodies except for small, curious punctures, all of them situated in the neck and chest.
"The henhouse also has chickens, bantam roosters, cornish hens and a dog," who was found huddled in a corner. "The hens appeared to have escaped because, fluttering like dragonflies, they sheltered themselves among the roof beams."
""Dona Alicia says she still cannot explain what happened. Consulted on the Chupacabra matter, she stated that, judging from what she had seen on TV, the killings appeared to be the work of some kind of creature" that "passed through the wire without leaving a crack."
Francisco Eduardo Vilagros "stated that he was left speechless and couldn't believe his eyes."
The owner of the property came as soon as Vilagros telephoned her. The Carabineros (Chile's national police--J.T.) also examined the crime scene "but found no footprints" or any other trace of an intruder. (See the newspaper La Cuarta for September 14, 2000, "Chupacabra kills three geese and five ducks in La Florida." Otra vez, muchas gracias a Scott Corrales para eso articulo de diario.)
CHUPACABRA SLAYS SEVEN GOATS IN NICARAGUA
Chupacabra struck again last week in Nicaragua, killing seven goats on a farm in Limon.
On Monday, September 11, 2000, Canal (Channel) 7 TV in Manahua aired video footage of the slain seven goats, which local residents said were killed "by a strange animal which many consider to be the Chupacabra."
"The goats presented cuts measuring 2 centimeters (0.8 inches--J.T.) on different parts of the body through which the blood was extracted."
"According to many sources, the Chupacabra is responsible for serial attacks in a number of Central American and Caribbean nations." The attack took place on a farm approximately 164 kilometers (92 miles) from Managua, the national capital. (See the news broadcast for Radioprogramas del Peru for September `1, 1000. Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales para esas noticias.)
BLACK HELICOPTERS AND UFOs SEEN JUST WEST OF SAN JOSE
Two black helicopters and six daylight disc UFOs were sighted just west of San Jose, California (population 350,000) on Friday, September 15, 2000.
At 2 p.m., eyewitness James W. was having lunch at a Taco Bell and afterward decided to "take my dog to the park/ schoolyard in Sunnyvale. I was there for about 45 minutes. It was a clear sky, sunshine with no clouds."
"While sitting on a bench, I saw a large military gunship helicopter (type unknown to the witness--J.T.) fly low overhead. About eight minutes later, I saw the same helicopter I saw before, or another just like it. They were coming right towards me. This was sometime between 2:30 and 3:45 p.m."
"Then I went to a friend's industrial shop in (nearby) Santa Clara to see if the delivery truck had returned from a pickup. It wasn't there yet, so I drove over to Sam Jose International Airport to kill some time. I was watching the (commercial) jets take off from the west side of the airport. That's when I saw three UFOs" in formation "and three more UFOs moving together a few thousand feet below."
"They were too far away" for James to see them clearly, "but they looked white, and they were all of the same size. They were between the airport and downtown San Jose. They were pretty much above the flight paths of the jets (about 16,000 to 20,000 feet or 4,500 to 6,000 meters--J.T.) and too far away to cause them any problems. The bottom row (of UFOs) was about 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) beneath the top row."
"They departed to the north-northeast. They looked white but not very long. Still too far away for me to clearly make them out."
ANOTHER UFO SIGHTED IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, UK
Early Sunday morning, September 10, 2000, another glowing UFO was sighted in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, UK, the site of three recent UFO sightings.
"Leslie Thomas, 74, of Deanfield Close,, Marlow noticed a cluster of mysterious moving lights from his back garden last week."
"Mr. Thomas was letting his dog out at around 2"40 a.m. last Sunday when he saw the circle of white lights which he first thought were fireworks."
"He explained, 'On Saturday night, some people close by were shooting off a fireworks display. I watched the white lights in the sky, and I thought to myself, God, are they still letting off rockets at this time of the morning!?'"
"Mr. Thomas, who has canaries and finches in his garden, stated, 'As I watched the lights, they started to move slowly northeast until I lost sight of them.'"
"'I was waiting for them to vanish but they remained. I just wonder if anyone else saw them.'"
"'I am still trying to figure out what those lights were. There was no sound at all. It was all quite weird, really.'"
Marlow, South Bucks. is about 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of London. (See This Is Buckinghamshire for September 13, 2000, "Fourth UFO sighting reported." Many thanks to Louise A. Lowry for forwarding this article.)
YOUNG MOTHER SPOTS A HOVERING UFO IN QUEBEC
On Thursday, September 14, 2000, at 4:10 a.m., Mrs. Flaurie B. was asleep in her home in the Magdalen Islands of Quebec, Canada, when she heard her young daughter's voice.
"At 4:10 a.m., my daughter woke up and asked for juice, so I went downstairs to get her some," she reported. Looking out the window, "I watched what I thought was an over-large star. It was bright yellow like a star but much longer. I was about to turn away when I saw red and blue lights start to pulse, and all of a sudden I was filled with fear. I don't know why."
Flaurie described the object as "shaped like a backward check-mark (comma--J.T.) The back had flashing red and blue lights and the base had a bright yellow light. I'm not sure about the height (altitude--J.T.) but it wasn't up very high and its speed was unbelievably fast."
"It seemed to be pretty still for about 10 minutes. There was a light around it, and a bright light on the ground beneath the object. It was as if there was something glowing beneath it."
LARGE DARK SAUCER FLIES OVER A CITY IN TURKEY
On Sunday, September 10, 2000, at 9:41 p.m., Salih Y. and his friends were outdoors in the city of Corum in northern Turkey when one of them saw something dark moving on the southern horizon.
"It was a very large disc. It caused a lot of excitement," Salih reported. It was black and moved relatively fast," heading due north.
The other witnesses estimated that the object was a gigantic disc or saucer, running without lights, and measuring from 75 to 100 meters (247 to 330 feet) in diameter.
"It was flying from south to north over the city," he reported, adding that the his companions described it as "a great black thing" and "a disc shape with no lights."
"It was in view for about 30 seconds."
Corum is located about 200 kilometers (120 miles) northeast of Ankara, the national capital. (Email Form Report)
(Editor's Comment: Looks like the saucer was headed for Sinop, the Turkish port on the Black Sea where the antediluvian civilization was discovered last week. See the following story for more. Perhaps the aliens are rushing to remove any trace of their presence in the ruins before Erich von Daniken can get there.)
PREHISTORIC SUNKEN CITY MAY BE LINKED TO NOAH'S FLOOD
"Famed explorer Robert Ballard has discovered the remains of 7,000-year-old civilization that existed on the Turkish coast of the Black Sea before the region was inundated by a flood that archaeologists say might be the one associated with the biblical story of Noah's Ark."
"The pre-flood civilization resided around a large freshwater lake in a river valley."
"Ballard's expedition, which was launched from Sinop, Turkey nearly two weeks ago, discovered a collapsed 'wattle and daub' building (a mixture of clay, rods and twigs 12 feet by 45 feet (4 meters by 24 meters) and a number of stone tools. The structure was found 12 miles (19 kilometers) from the present- day Turkish coast buried beneath 311 feet (92 meters) of water. The explorers say there might be many more such structures in the area."
"Experts say the discovery will force scholars to rewrite the history of ancient civilizations."
"'These people obviously had to run for it, and as a result left their history behind and intact,' Ballard said via satellite phone from the Northern Horizon research vessel in the Black Sea 'This is a time capsule that carried is back to the period before the flood.'"
"Previous research by a team of scientists at New York's Columbia University found evidence that before 7,000 years ago the Black Sea was a freshwater lake. The area was protected from the Mediterranean Sea by a narrow land bridge. As sea levels rose because of the melting of (Pleistocene Era) glaciers from the last oce age, pressure built on the land bridge. It ruptured and sent the Mediterranean cascading into what might have been a fertile river valley supporting a large population."
"Last year that research was confirmed by another Ballard expedition that found freshwater sea shells along an ancient shoreline beneath the Black Sea. Those shells were dated to 15,000 to 7,000 years ago."
"The next phase of the expedition is to look for other buildings in the ancient river valley where the first one was found. The group expects to find perhaps dozens more."
"As Friedrik Heibert, expedition archaeologist from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia says, 'We are having the first look at an entire new territory and civilization.'" (See USA Today for September 13, 2000, "Evidence possibly tied to biblical flood found in sea," page 4A. (Editor's Note: Sinop is about 250 kilometers (150 miles) north of Corum, where the giant saucer was sighted on Sunday, September 10, 2000.)
TWO MORE CROP CIRCLES FOUND IN SASKATCHEWAN
On Tuesday, September 12, 2000, a farmer combining a wheat field "in a relatively remote area" south of Viscount, Saskatchewan, Canada discovered two large crop circles.
"The two circles were 40 and 43 feet (12 and 13 meters) in diameter, about 100 feet )30 meters) apart. The farmer found them September 12 while combining his field. He reports no tracks when (the circles) were first found and a very neat lay, with plants pressed down fairly hard to the ground but not damaged."
"The circles are located well into the field with nearby roads. Two similar circles were found in Viscount last year and also in Rocanville, Sask. in 1996." (Many thanks to Paul Anderson of Circles Phenomenon Research-Canada for this report.)
CHEMTRAILS SEEN IN OTTAWA
On Saturday, September 9, 2000, in the early afternoon, Catherine G. was "looking out my office window in Ottawa," the capital of Canada, "which overlooks the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill. I was watching a plane high up in the sky. The plane flew across the sky very high, laying down chemtrails."
Catherine added, "The sky was perfectly clear, and it had the kind of (blue) sky people seem to be reporting, and the plane was all over the sky creating chemtrails."
NINE SORCERERS ARRESTED IN NORTHERN MEXICO
""A group of people--practitioners of Santeria--were detained by the Escobedo police yesterday (Monday, September 11, 2000) when caught unawares engaging in animal sacrifices in an empty lot."
""The event took place shortly after 10 a.m. in an uninhabited district" of Escobedo, a small city in Coahuila state near Monterrey, "located 800 meters (2,640 feet) from the firehouse of the barrio Bosques de Escobedo (neighborhood)."
"Miguel Angel Lozano Rodriguez, (municipal) secretary of Public Safety and Transportation reported that the detention of the nine individuals came about as a result of calls placed by residents of the two neighborhoods. He added that the complainants stated that several persons would enter into the empty lot to engage in illegal satanic rituals in which animals were being sacrificed and that participants stripped naked, all of this amid screams of terror that pierced the complainants' ears."
"'Some 15 days ago, the residents of the Hacienda los Ayala and the Bosques de Escobedo advised us that a group of people were getting together to perform strange or satanic rituals in the uninhabited area. They told us the animals were being sacrificed and that the participants were stripped naked. We caught them as the ritual was in full progress."
Arrested in the raid were Elizabeth Cuellar Alvares, 30; Laurentina Diaz Reyes, 32; Mario Baez Diaz, 51; Rafael Carvajal Martinez, 42; Cinthia Josefina Tello de Lopez, 23; Aracella Alanis Torres, 23; Mario Alberto Lopez Rivera, 29; Juan Gerardo Gonzalez Alvarado, 42; and Florencio Carvajal Martinez, 42.
"They were found standing beside a circle drawn with whitewash and sugar enclosing a triangle where they also had birds, toads, eggs and herbs," which Sra. Cuellar Alvarez reportedly told her "patients" would heal their illnesses. (See the newspaper El Norte of Monterrey, Mexico for September 12, 2000, "Nine detained in ritual." Otra vez, muchas gracias a Scott Corrales para eso articulo de diario.)
1954: SAUCER FLIES ACROSS THE SAHARA DESERT
On Saturday, September 15, 1954, at around 7 p.m., M. Guitta steered his Renault into a roadside gas (petrol in UK--J.T.) station. It was early evening, and the last glimmers of sunset illuminated Morocco's Atlantic coast. Guitta had been in Rabat all day, and now he wanted to get home to Casablanca before midnight.
After filling the gas tank, Guitta drove back onto the coastal highway. He drove past the spacious, now- deserted beaches of Ech Chiana and Skhirate. The Renault's tires rumbled as he went over the Wadi Charrat bridge. Then he saw the lights of Bouznika passing by on his left.
At 8:15 p.m., Guitta was speeding down that long vacant stretch of highway between Bouznika and the Wadi Mafifik bridge. "Suddenly, he saw in his rear mirror something gray, diving down toward him. He gripped the steering wheel more tightly and ducked instinctively, and a few seconds later, the gray thing passed him on the left at ground level and at terrific speed."
"The passing of the object was followed by a violent gust of cold air, which, despite M. Guitta's effort to hold the wheel steady, carried a strong suction and pulled the car to the left."
Brakes squealed as the Renault skidded across the centerline. The Renault came to a bumpy stop on the highway's sandy shoulder.
"There was no noise. M. Guitta caught a seconds-long glimpse of the object disappearing on the (southeast) horizon in front of him. It looked like a small gray disk."
Guitta stumbled out of the driver's side door, surprised to find the weird chill still in the air. Then he grimaced at the sight of the Renault's flat tires and got out the jack.
Fifteen minutes later, and 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) to the south, a group of emigres (settlers--J.T.) gathered for cocktails in the courtyard of the Residency in Danane, a town in French West Africa ( now the northwest corner of the modern Ivory Coast--J.T.) Among the partygoers were the Danane police chief and his wife, Dr. Roux of the local medical station, and Father Meybard of the Lyin Mission,
"A few hundred yards away were Dr. Mariani, head of the Trypanosomiasis Section No. 13, M. Sory Diallo, agent for the , a police assistant, and a Mme. Bois."
"A luminous red object, either circular or elliptical, according to different witnesses, was sighted in the sky over Danane at 8:30 p.m....The object remained motionless until 9:05 p.m., its silhouette shining out against the black but clear evening sky. It then disappeared over the horizon at high speed. The witnesses were not able to judge its altitude, but it seems to have been low, since the object's movements of only a few hundred yards changed the circular silhouette into an ellipse."
"A little later, an identical sighting was made from Soubre, 150 miles (250 kilometers) northwest of Abidjan, where an object arrived at high speed over the horizon, stood still for several minutes over the town, and then disappeared into the zenith, diminishing swiftly in size and brilliance in a cloudless sky. Here, too, the witnesses were numerous and of high standing, including the head administrator of Soubre."
Was the UFO seen over Danane and Subre the same disc that had buzzed M. Guitta's car in Morocco? If it was, and if it traveled from Morocco to the Ivory Coast in only fifteen minutes, then the saucer's flight speed must have been an incredible 8,000 miles per hour (12,800 kilometers per hour)!
(See the book Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery by Aime Michel, S.G. Phillips Inc., New York, N.Y. 1958, pages 60 and 61.)
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