So why then would a representative of the Vatican News Service say this is the Pope?
This fiery figure is being hailed as Pope John Paul II making an appearance beyond the grave.
The image, said by believers to show the Holy Father with his right hand raised in blessing, was spotted during a ceremony in Poland to mark the second anniversary of his death.
Details appeared on the Vatican News Service, a TV station in Rome which specializes in religious news broadcasts.
Ok, so a couple "believers" think the fire looks like Pope John Paul II. Usually, the church is skeptical of these sorts of things ... right?
Service director Jarek Cielecki, a Polish priest and close friend of John Paul II, travelled to Poland after hearing an onlooker had photographed the image.
Father Cielecki said he was convinced the picture showed the former pontiff.
"You can see the image of a person in the flames and I think it is the servant of God, Pope John Paul II," he said.
Uh huh? The FLAMES look like the servant of GOD. Here's the picture being used for comparison.
Now side by side.
Alright, I'm willing to say that there is some similarities between the two images. The fire does look like a man in a robe. I'm just not buying the whole "he's giving a blessing thing."
You'll have to forgive me here, but I just don't see how it could possibly be considered a positive to see the likeness of a future saint engulfed in flames. This doesn't give me the impression that he was God's servant ... if you know what I mean.
I wouldn't be surprised if there is a resignation in the near future.