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Our Lady of Zeitun Apparitions. Zeitun Press Reports

Patriarchate Report On the Apparition of Saint Mary
in the Zaitoun Church in Cairo, Egypt

Since the evening of Tuesday April 2, 1968 (the 24th of Bramhat, 1684 A.M.), the apparitions of the Holy Virgin Saint Mary, Mother of God, have continued in her church in Zaitoun, Cairo. The apparitions have been on several nights and are continuing.

The Holy Virgin Saint Mary sometimes appeared surrounded with a halo of shining light. She was seen in different locations such as on the windows of the domes of the church. And, she was observed walking on the roof of the church. When she knelt in reverence to the cross, the cross shone with bright light. Waving her blessed hands and nodding her head, she blessed the people who gathered to observe the miracle. She sometimes appeared in a cloud of light and sometimes as a figure of light. Her apparitions were sometimes preceded with heavenly bodies shaped like doves moving at high speeds. The apparitions continued for long periods, up to 2 hours and 15 minutes as in the dawn of Tuesday April 30, 1968 (the 22nd of Barmouda, 1684 A.M.), where she appeared continuously from 2:45am till 5:00am.

Thousands of people of different denominations and religions, Egyptians and foreign visitors observed the miracles. The description of each apparition as of the time, location and configuration was identically witnessed by all people, which makes this apparition unique and sublime.

Two important aspects accompanied this miracle: The first is an incredible revival in the faith of many, repentance of many and the return of many who strayed away from the faith. The second are the numerous miracles of healing which were verified by many physicians to be miraculous in nature.

The church confirmed the apparition after a thorough investigation by the Church Council assigned by his Holiness Pope Cyril (Kyrellos), who observed the miracle as well.

Therefore, the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate declares with great joy and humility of the heart the confirmation that the Holy Virgin Mary appeared clearly on several nights at different nights at different times, for periods lasting on occasions more than 2 hours. the location of the church in Zaitoun is on the path that the Holy Family took when visiting Egypt. May God make this miracle a symbol for peace in the world, and a blessing for our nation as it has been prophesized: "Blessed is Egypt My people".

Saturday May 4, 1968
Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate

See also


  • Игумен Варсонофий (Хайбулин), Богородица Зейтунская сблизила христиан разных конфессий.
  • Церковь Святой Девы Марии в Зейтуне.
  • Zeitoun Web Gallery — Архив материалов по Явлениям Богоматери в Зейтуне.
  • Hillier, Amargi, Egypt's 1960s Remarkable Virgin Mary Sightings. — Удивительные видения Девы Марии в Египте в 1960 годах.
  • Patriarchate Report On the Apparition of Saint Mary in the Zaitoun Church in Cairo, Egypt
  • The Coptic Network


  • Pearl Zaki, Our Lord's Mother visits Egypt in 1968. — Cairo, Egypt: Dar El Alam El Arabi., 1977. (англ.)
  • Jerome Palmer, O.S.B. Our Lady Returns to Egypt. — San Bernardino, Calif.: Culligan Publications Inc., 1969. (англ.)
  • Francis Johnston. When Millions Saw Mary. — Chulmleigh, Devon EX18 7HL, UK: Augustine Publishing Co., 1980. — ISBN 0-851-72631-3 (англ.)
  • Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty. Saint Mary In The Orthodox Concept. — Alexandria, Egypt: St. George Coptic Church, 1978. — 128 с. — ISBN 0-908-00007-3 (англ.)
  • Pope Shenouda III. The Holy Virgin St. Mary. — Cairo, Egypt: Amba Rueiss, 1999. — 20 с.
  • Calamari, Barbara and Sandra DiPasqua. Visions of Mary. — New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2004. — ISBN 978-0-810-95581-3 (англ.)
  • Michael P. Carroll. The Cult of the Virgin Mary: Psychological Origins. — Princeton, USA: Princeton University Press., 1992. — 254 с. — ISBN 978-0-691-02867-5 (англ.)
  • Youssef G. Kamell, John P. Jackson, Rebecca S. Jackson. A Lady of Light Appears in Egypt. The story of Zeitoun. — Colorado Springs, CO, USA: St. Mark's Avenue Press., 1996. — 304 с. — ISBN 978-1-887-64002-2 (англ.)

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