In 1968, while American TV has filled with images from the Vietnam War and the Chicago riots during the Democratic convention, Egyptian TV was broadcasting live television of what many believed was the Virgin Mary appearing atop a Coptic church. The church had been constructed in Zeitun to commemorate the area where Mary and Joseph had fled from Herod. Since April of 1968, visitors to the site had seen the glowing apparition of a woman above the church at night.
The image was captured by Egyptian TV cameras. It was reported that Egyptian President Abdul Nasser, an avowed Marxist, had personally witnessed the miracle. The apparition was said to last from just a few minutes to as long as nine hours. Mary again appeared in Egypt last year. For several nights in a row, witnesses claimed, the Blessed Mother appeared at St. Mark's church in the little town of Assiut.