NIGERIA: Sun “event” on 13 Oct 2017?

Are any of you reading stories about an event in Nigeria on 13 October 2017, the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun?  Apparently the bishops of Nigeria consecrated Nigeria to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  After the Mass, the Sun supposedly… did things….

There are videos on YouTube.

I don’t know what to make of this.  I haven’t heard anything official.



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  1. catholicgauze says:

    Clearly fraud with camera adjusting to light. No where is oven/owen (Edo for anything related to “sun”) mentioned in the crowd. People chatter normally in the background with a few laughter like nothing is going on. Plus, the original pusher of the claim has a Facebook page where he also claims “Miracle rain in Texas” which clearly is a broken water main and not in Texas.

  2. HFL says:

    A review of possible explanations for “sun flicker” appear earlier this year at

  3. HFL says:

    A review of possible explanations for “sun flicker” appeared earlier this year at

  4. It looks like a camera trick. Plus, most of the people in the crowd appeared to be just milling around as if nothing was happening.

  5. padredana says:

    I’m suspicious for the simple reason that in the video the people are not reacting.

  6. Father G says:

    The Facebook page for the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Cbcn has posted photographs with following caption: “History has repeated itself here in Benin City, Nigeria during the National Marian Congress. Just like what happened 100 years ago at Fatima, Portugal reoccurred on 13th October, 2017. What a great miracle from our mother Mary, Our Lady of Fatima…”

  7. Dan says:

    I had not heard about this event. I did hear Our Lady appeared to several Indian children received in India on September 23, and October 3rd.

  8. chantgirl says:

    I don’t know about the veracity of this story. However, just because a camera cannot capture more than a certain range of light does not mean that this is a fraud. Any amount of light that is greater than the camera can process will white out, and any low levels of light below what the camera can process will black out. So, the flicker could just indicate light or lack of light greater than what a camera can process. Our eyes can perceive a much greater range of light and lack of light than a digital camera. The flicker in the video may actually indicate that an extreme change of light was taking place. I would be more concerned about video being altered in post than a camera “trick”.

    One more thought- in Africa, people tend to believe much more in the supernatural than the West does, and you tend to see more blatant displays of both demonic activity and miracles. I have no idea about this particular incident though.

  9. Hank Igitur says:

    Well, I can tell you that a Nigerian man was recently ordained as a priest for the FSSP in Nigeria and he has taken up his apostolate there, so that is in itself a miracle

  10. Ocampa says:

    I’m confused by the facebook page for the bishops. They have pictures on there that don’t show anything happening, yet everyone is reacting as if it is clear to them.

  11. Marion Ancilla Mariae says:

    I looked at several of these videos on Youtube, and they seemed kind of credible to me, at first.

    I asked my husband, who has been a video professional for 30 years, and is now a senior video guy at a major NGO. He didn’t look at any of the videos, but I described what I saw to him, and his advice to me was, “That flickering effect was probably either an artifact of the equipment, or a scam: nowadays anybody who takes the time to figure out how to do so, can put any effect they want on any piece of video they want, using even the cheapest, cr*p*iest equipment.” That was kind of disappointing news. But there’s no doubt in my mind my husband knows his stuff when it comes to video.

    This doesn’t mean, however, that Our Lady can’t put any effect on any heavenly body she wants to, either locally or globally, anytime she wants to. And people present on the ground would be able to see it, and video it. It’s just that only eyewitnesses should believe their own eyes when it comes to these kinds of events; people viewing what eyewitnesses say their saw, but only on video recording, really shouldn’t believe their eyes, if the videos and written posts are all they have to go on.

  12. eyaofun says:

    It is probably credible. I’m in southern Nigeria and heard of the solar phenomenon and saw the videos plus the fact that it is on the Catholics bishops facebook page means that we should not be in a hurry to explain it away scientifically. ..sometimes we have to be like little children, sometimes we need to have a little faith. The more fantastic fact is this: the BISHOPS CONSECRATED THEIR COUNTRY TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY.

  13. KateD says:

    In watching a YouTubes video of this event, it seemed the audio distorted in sync with the action of the sun. I could find no reference to this on the Bishop’s website.

    Chant girl-I had difficulty trying to capture what we were seeing during the totality of the eclipse. It just wasn’t happenin’.

  14. axles says:

    I registered in order to comment.

    The Sunday after the event in Nigeria, one of my favorite priests, Fr. Philip of Nigeria, gave Mass here in Stuttgart, Germany. He mentioned the Miracle of the sun lasted 30 seconds. This man is incredible, and filled with the Holy Spirit. (First time in 30 years of confession that I’ve been so lovingly but completely chastised). I looked for articles that evening, and there were a handful of videos. One seemed incredibly authentic because the person holding the camera dropped it as if in shock, and it focused alternatively between the sun (which looked like a puddle?) and the crowd standing in awe. There were two silly videos with obviously fake optical tricks as well. It sounds as though the latter have multiplied.

    Additionally, the Bishop wrote a powerful note regarding the crowd and the difficulty of the pilgrimage given the lack of local resources that I found especially moving.

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