Maria Paula Acuna blesses Cynthia Muro, 21, whose arms rise in the foreground in the Mojave Desert near California City. Acuna told Muro's family that the woman has a nerve problem and needs physical therapy. Followers attend this once-a-month ceremony, taking pictures of the sun in the hope of seeing a holy image. The gatherings started to take place after Acuna said she started to receive messages from the Virgin Mary while her daughter was sick with cancer. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony has disavowed Our Lady of the Rock.
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