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Do miracles still occur, or are they just a relic of the past? Many recent news stories describe what some people believe are miracles happening in today’s world. Here are five of them:

1. All 33 Chilean Miners Rescued:

Chile Miners
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Against overwhelming odds, all 33 workers at a mine in Chile that had collapsed in 2010 were finally rescued after spending 69 days underground. Some of the miners said they prayed urgently to survive the ordeal, and many people worldwide watching television coverage of the rescue operation also prayed for their survival. Did God help the rescue team safely get each man out of the mine?

2. Scientists Map the Human Genetic Code:

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Dr. Francis Collins led a team of government scientists who mapped all 3.1 billion parts of human DNA, giving the world its first chance in 2000 to study the entire instruction code for human beings. Dr. Collins said that discovering the divine code of life may help scientists discover new treatments and cures for many diseases. Was this a miraculous discovery?

3. Kidnapped Girl Found Years Later:

Jaycee Dugard
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Jaycee Dugard, who was abducted as an 11-year-old while on her way to school, reunited with her family 18 years later -- long after they thought she’d died. Investigators found Jaycee living as a prisoner in the backyard of the man who police say kidnapped her and had two children with her before Jaycee finally found freedom as a 29-year-old woman. Jaycee’s family members describe her return as a miracle. Do you agree?

4. Pilot Safely Lands Disabled Plane in 'Miracle on the Hudson' event:

Miracle on the Hudson
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A formation of birds flew into an airplane that had recently taken off from New York's LaGuardia Airport, shutting down both of the jet's engines in mid-air. Yet pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger was able to guide the plane safely down for a landing in the Hudson River. All 150 passengers and five crew members survived, and people on ferry boats rescued them from the river. This famous event has come to be known as the "Miracle on the Hudson." Was it miraculous?

5. Crowds Gather to See Virgin Mary Image:

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Hundreds of people gathered every evening for several weeks in 2007 to watch an image that looked like the Virgin Mary appear on a Minersville, Pennsylvania garage door. Skeptics said the image might be nothing more than the setting sun’s reflected light. But believers said the Virgin Mary appeared to encourage them and motivate them to pray more. What do you think?
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