5 Unbelievable Miracles Recorded and Documented Throughout History That Continue To Astonish The World

Though there are many people who do not believe in miracles, there is an enormous amount of documented and recorded inexplicable events throughout history that says otherwise. These events are believed to be the work of God, to serve as a warning or a sign.
Many of the “events” have been proven to be hoaxes, but there were some which were accepted by the church. These incomprehensible events continue to baffle yet astonish believers and non-believers alike.

Marian Apparition in Zeitoun (1968 – 1970)

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Marian Apparition at Zeitoun (Photo from blog.evangelicalrealism.com)

A Marian apparition is a supernatural appearance by the Blessed Virgin Mary. The figure is often named after the town where it is reported, or on the sobriquet given to Mary on the occasion of the apparition.
Marian apparitions sometimes are reported to recur at the same site over an extended period of time. In the majority of Marian apparitions, only one person or a few people report having witnessed the apparition. Exceptions to this include Zeitoun, where many people claimed to have seen the apparitions countless times.

The Miracle of the Sun

The Miracle of the Sun was an event which occurred just after midday on Sunday 13 October 1917, attended by some 30,000 to 100,000 people who were gathered near Fatima, Portugal. Several newspaper reporters were in attendance and they took testimony from many people who claimed to have witnessed extraordinary solar activity. This recorded testimony was later added to by an Italian Catholic priest and researcher in the 1940s.

According to these reports, the event lasted approximately ten minutes.

Incorruptible corpses

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Saint Bernadette’s incorruptible corpse in a glass coffin

Incorruptibility is a Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox belief that Divine intervention allows some human bodies (specifically saints and beati) to avoid the normal process of decomposition after death as a sign of their holiness. Bodies that undergo little or no decomposition, or delayed decomposition, are sometimes referred to as incorrupt or incorruptible.

A very famous example is that of Saint Bernadette’s corpse (shown in the picture above), which remains intact 136 years after she passed away.

Therese Neumann (1896 – 1962)

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Therese showing her bleeding wounds (Photo from anomalien.com)

Therese Neumann claimed that on 5 March 1926, the first Friday of Lent, a wound had appeared slightly above her heart, but that she had kept this secret. However, she did report a vision of Jesus at Mount Olivet with three Apostles.

On 12 March, she said she had another vision of Christ at Mt. Olivet, along with the crowning of thorns. She also claimed that the wound above her heart reappeared on this day, and she spoke to her sister about it.

By 5 November 1926, she displayed nine wounds on her head as well as wounds on her back and shoulders. According to several sources these wounds never healed or became infected and were found on her body at death.

Padre Pio / St Pio of Pietrelcina (1887 – 1968)

On September 20, 1918, while hearing confessions, Padre Pio had his first occurrence of the stigmata: bodily marks, pain, and bleeding in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. This phenomenon continued for fifty years, until the end of his life. The blood flowing from the stigmata smelled of perfume or flowers, a phenomenon mentioned in stories of the lives of several saints and often referred to as the odour of sanctity. Though Padre Pio would have preferred to suffer in secret, by early 1919, news about the stigmatic friar began to spread in the secular world. Padre Pio’s wounds were examined by many people, including physicians.

Still, no amount of proof can convince those who choose not to believe. But for those who do, these miracles are proof that God does exist.