3. Mysterious Red Chairs May
2, 1999 at Beatification of Padre Pio
(Another mystery from the May,
1999 pilgrimage to Rome and Garabandal)
At the beatification of Padre Pio, approximately
400,000 people filled the square and surrounding streets. Those who had
tickets in the square were able to sit in their pre-assigned areas.
All the chairs in the whole square were of the same type and colour: dark
grey molded plastic.
the ceremony, we had to wait for the crowds to disperse, as it was
virtually impossible to leave with the masses of people present. While
we were waiting, the clean-up crew arrived and began stacking the chairs.
There's nothing unusual about that. Many members of our group spent the
time taking pictures of St. Peter's Square and of the crowds. When we returned
home, one of the pilgrims, Angie S., who was healed of cancer (see
Story), called to say that one of her pictures looked most strange.The
picture below, which she took while we were waiting to leave St. Peter's
Square, is most mysterious.
As you can see, there are red
chairs in the photograph. There were NO RED CHAIRS at St. Peter's
Square that day, as all of us can attest. Other photographs and videos
of that event all document the fact that there were no red chairs.
Angie's negative has been analyzed by photographic specialists and their
conclusion is that the negative and picture have not been doctored in any
We wish to also present another photograph, taken
at about the same time as Angie's, which clearly shows that all the chairs
were of one color - dark blue-grey. How did this photograph come into being?
Where did the red chairs come from? The red color on these
chairs is, as several individuals have remarked, a
fresh blood red color. We thank the
Lord and Padre Pio for this mysterious gift. What a wonderful sign of intervention
from the holy Padre! It was his day and the scene of his beatification
and we were there in pilgrimage to honour him and to express our love and
devotion to him. Thank you, Padre Pio.
We leave it up to you to pray and discern for
yourself about these "red chairs". They were definitely not there at the
beatification. The film was not defective. The processing was not flawed.
There is no explanation. This cannot be done by human hands. Or was it
done by heavenly hands? You must discern for yourself... (Read
full story of pilgrimage)
Published January 14, 2000