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Crowds Flip for Mexican Restaurant's 'Griddle Virgin'

Some say image looks like Our Lady of Guadalupe
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2009 9:00 AM CDT
Crowds Flip for Mexican Restaurant's 'Griddle Virgin'
Maria Zuniga, of Mexico, center, carries a torch as she speaks in front of the White House, Dec. 4, 2007, with portraits of Mexico's Our Lady of Guadalupe and patron Saint Juan Diego.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The faithful are flocking to a Mexican restaurant in California to see what some call a miracle: a griddle apparently imprinted with the Virgin Mary’s image, the Los Angeles Times reports. A cook first spotted it; “she started to cry” and stopped cleaning the griddle, said the restaurant’s manager. Viewers say it looks like images of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City's giant basilica.

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“Mary is here for us,” said the manager of Las Palmas, in the border town of Calexico. “She wants to show us her love and tell us to keep the faith.” A local Catholic priest wouldn’t say what he thought of the image, but added, “If God wants to do something like this, He can do it.” (Read more Virgin Mary stories.)

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