What makes the Miracle of Zeitun so special is the indisputable visual evidence and the eye-witness testimony of so many people. The apparitions of the Virgin Mary were in fact televised. She was seen by more than a million people. The apparitions were broadcast by Egyptian TV, photographed by hundreds of photographers and personally witnessed by Egyptian President Abdul Nasser, an avowed Marxist.
The apparitions lasted for three years with numerous unaccountable healings recorded by various medical professionals. The local police, who initially thought the apparitions were an elaborate hoax, searched a 15-mile radius surrounding the site to uncover any type of device that could be used to project such images. They were completely unsuccessful.