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‘Glowing virgin’ luring Belgians

AFP-JIJI

Hundreds of people have been flocking to a house in southern Belgium to catch a glimpse of a small statue of the Virgin Mary that reportedly glows in the dark, local media said Thursday.

Some 500 people visited the house in the normally quiet town of Jalhay on Wednesday to witness what is being referred to as “the mysterious glowing Virgin.” Police have bolstered their presence around a pavilion erected by the 30-cm-tall statue’s retired owners.

The phenomenon was first noticed in mid-January and has gradually attracted larger crowds. The statue’s owners have refused to allow its removal for examination, saying “she is fine where she is.”