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Reported change at a church mystifies Macedonia
Believers look at frescoes during a holy service in St. Dimitrija Orthodox church in Macedonia's capital Skopje on Monday, April 9, 2012. Believers from all over Macedonia are flocking to Orthodox church in downtown Skopje Monday to see the alleged phenomena of self-cleaning the paintings of saints.. The dark and smoked frescoes of the saints in St. Dimitrija church, built in the beginning of the XIX century, allegedly started a process of self-cleaning, having the gold color appearing brightly shining. AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski.


SKOPJE (AP).- Thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers from across Macedonia are lining up to visit a church where a cleric says frescoes of saints have begun to appear brighter in color without any obvious explanation.

Father Zoran of Saint Dimitrija church in Skopje, the capital, said Monday that the murals, long obscured by the residue of candle smoke, began to appear clearer over the weekend, with red and gold colors becoming more noticeable.

That has prompted worshippers to flock to the church ahead of Orthodox Easter next Sunday.

About two-thirds of Macedonia's 2.1 million people have been baptized Orthodox Christian.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.





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