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March 28, 2000
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ELIAN SUPPORTERS SAY "APPARITION" MEANS HE SHOULD STAY

    MIAMI (CWNews.com) - Supporters of Elian Gonzalez, the boy who has become the center of Cuban-American relations, said an image appearing on the windows of a Miami bank down the street from where Elian is staying is a miraculous apparition showing divine favor for the boy staying in the US.

    Employees of Totalbank said they first spotted the luminous reflection that some say looks like the Virgin Mary appeared on the tinted windows earlier this week. After repeated washings failed to remove it, word spread throughout the Cuban-American community and dozens of people have become to come to the site to pray.

    Many of those gathered at the window over the weekend said they believe the image is a sign of an impending miracle for Elian, a 6-year-old Cuban boy who survived a raft voyage that claimed the lives of his mother and 10 others. Cuba's Communist government and his father have demanded that he be returned to Cuba, a position supported by the Clinton administration.

    "I think that boy is blessed. Many people gave their lives for that boy, and he lives blocks from here," said Tessy Lopez, 62. "We must realize this is an important sign." Louise Molina, 47, said she found a broader meaning from the sign. "She wants us to change our ways. When people have faith they do good things," she said.

          

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