Church Of Saint Thomas More: Image At Sime Darby Medical Hospital

This statement is in regard to the various newspaper reports concerning an image of what some are saying to be that of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Several people (estimated 2000 on Sunday) have visited the vicinity with some praying privately, some praying in groups and other just curious onlookers.

I have consulted with the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Most Rev. Murphy Pakiam and am pleased to announce the following.

I have met with the Management of Sime Darby Medical Hospital (SDMC) to discuss this matter. The meeting was very productive. Contrary to rumors SDMC has assured us that no attempt to clean the affected image on the glass panel has ever been undertaken nor have they any intention of doing so. The Catholic Church would like to thank SDMC for its cooperation in managing this delicate matter and accommodating the inconveniences to its patients and staff.

The Catholic Church is in agreement with SDMC that the present situation cannot continue as we are concerned of the direct effect this may have on emergency services of SDMC.

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Mother Mary SDMC
The Management of SDMC has graciously agreed to hand over the glass panel containing this image and give it to the Catholic Church. SDMC has assured us that professional services will be deployed to ensure that no damage comes to the glass panel on removal and transport. This operation will be closely and jointly supervised by officials from the Church Of St Thomas More Subang Jaya.

We assure the community that the image will be handled in the most respectful and sensitive manner. This glass panel will be moved to the Marian Church of Our Lady of Lourdes Klang which will be more conducive for prayer and reflection. Dates for this movement will be announced shortly.

I wish to reiterate that this by no means confirms the authenticity of the image as an apparition of Mary. The Catholic Church would withhold official comment until the image has been tested and verified by theologians and church authorities, a process that will take time.

In instances of authentic appearances of our Blessed Virgin Mary she has always asked us to pray for peace and to seek out her son Jesus Christ.

Rev Simon Labrooy,
Parish Priest
Church of St Thomas More
Subang Jaya, Malaysia

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