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Angel Cloud Formation over Florida on Day New Pope was Named, Sign Sent from Above?

Cloud Angel in Florida

South Florida residents saw an Angel cloud formation on the day the new pope was named.

The cloud angel appeared over the Royal Palm Beach area in South Florida a few hours after Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio emerged as Pope Francis.

Some faithfuls say the angel cloud may be heaven's signal of approval of the Cardinals' choice on the new pope. Being a clear sign or maybe a message from God, showing his pleasure at the election of the first Latin American as the 267th successor of St. Peter.

The cloud angel witnessed by South Floridans, snapped photos from several areas and sent them to local TV stations including WFLX and WPTV.

Diane Barnwell snapped a photo of the angel in the sky.  She told WPTV, "It looks like an angel to me, it really, really does. (laughs). I thought 'wow, this is really something, you know?' It made me feel like something is watching over us. And I know the pope was elected yesterday so maybe that was a sign that God is happy with what's happened."

Raymond Russo of St. Ann Catholic Church in West Palm Beach sees a different spiritual leader in that cloud. "To me it looks like Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit all in one, coming to give us a message of good tidings."

Father Nestor Rodriguez is the pastor St. Ann Catholic Church, he says, "Obviously people will see different things, but I think if it's significant for people of faith…if it gives us inspiration…glory to God!"

While most Floridan's were seeing it as a sign sent from above, some were a little on the skeptical side. MSN Now reports, "Sure, masses of devoted souls immediately branded the gorgeous, glowing formation as an "Angel sent for the new Pope," but as speedily as Floridians were snapping and posting photos, comments streamed in disputing the holiness of the illuminated being, with others claiming to see everything from a sea monkey to Lucifer in the heavenly formation."

Angel Cloud

More than 34,000 people viewed the photo on the WFLX Facebook page and hundreds have shared their feelings on what it means to them.

Thom George wondered, "if Pope Francis ordered that."

Cat Sunn's reaction was, "The Pope asked to pray for Him... God answered."

Hilary Veguilla says, "Just a tiny glimpse of heaven."

Johnny L. Harra keeps thoughts simple, "Its beautiful no matter what or where it came from. People need hope especially right now here in the U.S."

With all things, the angel cloud means different things to different people, but there is one thing that is clear – it captured the imagination.

Angel in the sky?

On the day a new pope was named a cloud looking like an angel appeared over Palm Beach County.


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25 Responses »

  1. Why don't they say what happened a few minutes later? The same cloud turned into what looked like Kim Kardashian's left butt cheek.

  2. "Now in darkness world stops turning
    Ashes where the bodies burning
    No more war pigs have the power
    Hand of God has struck the hour
    Day of judgement, God is calling
    On their knees the war pig's crawling
    Begging mercy for their sins
    Satan laughing spreads his wings"........

  3. That's Tinkerbell on her way to The Magic Kingdom.

  4. Why do you guys have to spread your lack of faith? Just skip the article if you dont believe (or dont want to believe).

    • Why do you have to spread your faith? Just skip our comments if you believe (or want to believe). See, when the question is reversed it shows just how ignorant a question that is. You believe in something. You want others to believe like you do, thus, you spread your belief ... like a plague. I do not believe. I think your belief is illogical. I want others to see the fallacy of your illogical belief, thus, I spread my non-belief. Get it now?

      That being said, it looks like Mothman to me.

      Or the Air Force logo.

      Or the Air Jordan emblem.

      Or a Y.

      Or A MILLION OTHER FREAKING THINGS.

  5. What if it's the Angel of Death?

  6. No matter what, it's beautiful.

  7. Are we sure it's not an ethereal trans-dimension hummingbird agent of a hummingbird diety?

  8. I live in west palm beach, and although I did not see this angel.. I did however see multiple chemtrail lines in the sky, and also multiple anomalies in the clouds, most likely related to HAARP.. Look deeper at the things going on behind the scenes in this stage of a world that we live in.

  9. If you look below the "angel", you will see the multiple wavelike lines in the clouds, that is from some sort of energy wave flowing thru the cloud and making it appear that way.. Look deeper..

  10. The heavens will not be rejoicing via whisper of cloud nor doctored photography at the crowning of yet another chief of the religion that has repeatedly , for centuries, denied medial research and science that could have saved millions more lives if not delayed. The penalty for doing surgery was death when the Vatican ran Europe, same for doing an autopsy, remember when the church damned antibiotics ? and blood transfusions? Yes, they did. So rejoicing of angels? Hardly, if it were a real angel, it would be screaming in horror toward the heavens, not rejoicing.

  11. To me, it looks like the result of a 3d projector.

  12. Do you find it ironic there is the word sin in one of the none believers? Satan's greatest ploy is in making one believe He himself does not exist. He lurks in the very essence of doubt.
    I think it is a lovely cloud formation that makes some of us pause and reflect that there is Love also in this world.

  13. Makes perfect sense... A Pope is elected in Rome, so of course God draws a cloud angel over Rome... Oh wait, No. It was all the friggin way over in FLORIDA!!!!!!!!!!! FLORIDA!!! Faithbots are so gullible...

    Millions of clouds are seen by millions of people every day from all different directions. Occasionally they look like people. If it WAS a sign from God, then it was a pathetic and underwhelming gesture.

    Grow up, people. It's the 21st century. Your fossilized dogma has long since been disproven and it is disrupting progress towards true social and economic justice on the planet.

  14. You cannot say that it is any better to have shown over America than any other place -- because we live in ONE WORLD, and to shine in one place is to shine as them all.

  15. oh ye of little faith!

  16. What makes us all different is what makes us all the same and the word I'm looking for is OPINIONATED. So whether you believe it is an Angel or Satan, it is all a matter of persepective in that person's belief. Personally, I just think it's a very interesting obscure shape that can be made in to anything you want to believe it is. I mean, c'mon who hasn't played the "hey that cloud looks like..." game before?

  17. Sceptics often remain sceptics n some are sarcastic, but to those who believe, the meaning will b clear and will bring more change for the better. Remember Herod?