St. Peter’s Basilica, in Rome, Italy, 1995
photographed by John Manousso
The white form in the ray of light was not there when John took this photo.
Neither were the angels by the window, by the people, or behind the man in the wheelchair.
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Then the friends went to the right, and the man wheeled his chair to the left. To compensate for the poor light, John opened the lens manually of his mini-zoom 35-70 Leica, pointed, shot, and expected an obscure frame with his Kodak 200 film. John took five more photos, finished the roll, and we left.
Upon leaving the basilica, we took all ten rolls of film from our travel through Budapest, Vienna, Venice, and Rome with 24 frames each to be developed in a little photo shop near John’s uncle’s condo in Rome. John was worried about exposing our film to airport x-ray security devices while we continued our trip through Europe. Since the photos were quickly machine processed, within a few hours, John and I stood in front of the photo shop and flipped through our travel photos.
While taking the photo, nothing peculiar had happened or had been visible to our eye. To better see the details of the photo, click here. For a detail of the glowing window in the back of the basilica, behind St. Peter’s tomb, click here and scroll down page.
By chance, about one minute after John took this photo and two photos of me, a man passing by took our camera and shot two pictures of us standing in the misty light; no statue or apparitions appeared with us. To assure ourselves of this unexplainable photo, upon returning home, we had our camera checked for a mechanical problem: There was none. We then had the whole role of film forensically analyzed for double exposure or superimposition: All twenty-four frames were centered. In Houston, Texas, National Photo Lab (NPL) granted us a Letter of Authenticity. We have no scientific explanation for John’s photo, just awe for capturing a miracle. However, we believe that John took this photo for a reason and a special mission.
A copy of this photo can be seen in Houston at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Holcombe Blvd, on the first floor opposite the entrance of the chapel, near the cafeteria.
– A Personal Note by Dr. Barbara Sunderland Manousso