Virgin Mary's image appears miraculously in Colombian sailor's coffee cup
A sailor from Colombia has claimed that Virgin Mary appeared at the bottom of his coffee cup after he finished off his early-morning drink in Cartagena's The Divine Child workshop last Tuesday.
Rafael Barrios believes that the "message" is specifically to him - as it marks 18 years since his motorboat capsized and he started praying to the Virgin.
"I was drinking coffee and suddenly the Virgin appeared," the New York Daily News quoted him as telling RCN Radio.
"That was around six in the morning and since that day a lot of people have come to look at the image. It came because I am devoted to the Virgin.
"Nearly 18 years ago, when I was a sailor, my ship almost flipped near Nicaragua, but I put myself in the hands of the Virgin and she saved me," he said.
The markings on his coffee cup bear a striking resemblance to the image of the Virgen del Carmen - the patroness of the Carmelite order of priests and a common invocation of the Virgin Mary.
His business has since become a make-shift shrine, with worshippers visiting and leaving lit candles outside its entrance.