'Angel' in clouds captures imagination of south Florida residents

People snap photos of cloud 'angel'

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A message from above? That's what several South Florida residents thought after looking toward the sky on the day a new pope was named.

Most saw what they thought was an angel in the clouds and grabbed their cameras to document the vision.

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For some, it was a clear sign from heaven, maybe a message from God himself, showing his pleasure at the election of the first Latin American as the 267th successor of St. Peter.

Thom George wondered  "if Pope Francis ordered that."

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

Although most felt the cloud resembled an angel and was a beautiful sign from above, others saw in the cloud something less angelic.

Cristina Pina thought the cloud resembled a sea monkey. While Steve Massie opined that "seeing shapes and faces in non-human objects is called 'pareidolia.'"

Nick Stanley said saw the dark lord, Lucifer, in the cloud.

Several people sent pictures they captured to WPTV, our Scripps station in West Palm Beach, Fla. Many shared their images which showed different angles of the cloud.

Like a Rorschach inkblot test, the angel cloud means different things to different people. But one thing is clear, it captured the imagination.

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