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Fatima Miracle Claims All Wet

Benjamin Radford is a research fellow at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and author or coauthor of several books, including Investigating Ghosts: The Scientific Search for Spirits.

Q: I read your investigation of the Miracle of Fatima and the last appearance of the Virgin. I noticed you dismissed the event based on the perception of the people as some mass delusion. Are you aware that it had been raining all night and into the day? Everyone present was soaked—as was the soil—but after the vision, the soil was dry. How do you explain that?

While there were certainly strong elements of mass suggestion at the event, it’s not quite accurate to call it a “mass delusion.”

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