'Angel' in clouds on day Pope Francis is elected 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.

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.

See more pictures of 'Angel' in the clouds  in our slideshow gallery.

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 he saw the dark lord, Lucifer, in the cloud.

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

Like a Rorschach inkblot test,  people see different things in oddly shaped clouds.

Two days after the massacre at the Aurora movie theater, a 7NEWS viewer snapped a photo that shows what she said is an angel in the clouds above the Century 16 movie theater.

Crystal Fuller took the photo after a public vigil for the victims was finished, but said she didn't  notice the image of the "angel" right away.

"I noticed it afterwards. I had it posted and said 'crazy cloud' … one of my friends, Barbara Masias, said it's an angel and I saw it!" said Fuller on the 7NEWS Facebook wall.

The vigil was held to remember the 12 people killed in the July 20 shooting.

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