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UK: BRITISH WOMAN CLAIMS SHE HAS DEVOLPED STIGMATA, THE BLEEDING WOUNDS OF JESUS CHRIST ON HER FACE AND BODY


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A British woman has developed what she claims are stigmata, the bleeding wounds of Christ, on her face and body. She says it is a sign that "Jesus Christ is alive and among us." Heather Woods, 43, said the welts formed on her forehead, side, hands and feet on Easter Friday (April 9) after a vision in which she touched the hand of "Our Lord." She claims the wounds on her body represent the marks where Christ was crucified and then pierced by a spear after his death.
Woods showed her wounds to television journalists and the pictures were shown on Sunday (April 18) on "This Sunday," a religious programme made by Independent Television News.
Woods is a mother from Lincolnshire and a Celtic Church (a mystic Christian group) deacon at St. Gregory Palamas Orthodox Church in Lincoln. In 1992, she was a terminal cancer patient at St. Barnabus hospice but made an unexpected recovery and shortly afterwards developed the stigmata.
The Celtic church believes she is a genuine case and bears witness to Christ's suffering.
The first stigmatic was St Francis of Assisi and others include Padre Pio. There have only been 200 cases of stigmata reported around the world in the past 800 years.


Reference 2445/93
Tape 1465
Issue
Can
Source Pilgrim Productions
Restrictions Restrictions on certain uses may apply, and may vary from those listed. NO ACCESS UK
Time code 00.42.45 to 00.44.13
Date original RECENT
Duration 1.29
Technical
Subset
Location UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, LINCOLNSHIRE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
Sound NATURAL WITH ENGLISH SPEECH (PART MONOCHROME)
Colourbw COLOUR

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, LINCOLNSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
(RECENT)
1. HEATHER WOODS' HAND WITH RED MARKS
2. STATUE OF CHRIST
3. WOODS REVEALS RED MARKS ON FEET AND STOMACH
4. WOODS SAYING THAT HER SON TOLD HER SHE WOULD WITNESS THE TRANSFIGURATION (ENGLISH)
5. PICTURE OF THE CRUCIFIXION
6. WOODS SAYING SHE SAW HERSELF FLOATING TOWARDS A CROWD OF PEOPLE AND A MAN PUT HIS HAND OUT TO HER (ENGLISH)
7. WOODS PRAYING (MONOCHROME)
8. WOODS TALKING ABOUT BEING ON THE CROSS (ENGLISH)
9. WOODS WEARING DEACON'S DRESS AND HOLDING A BIBLE

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