STATUE WEEPS BLOOD
“A six-inch-high porcelain statue began weeping tears of blood. The liquid staining the image is genuinely blood, and human at that. The Santiago coroner’s office pronounced the substance is type O-4 human blood. The statue weeps regularly, particularly in the presence of children.”
( Source: The Guardian, UK, 4 December 1992 )
It was confirmed by doctors attached to the police Criminal Investigation Department that the mysterious red liquid, which flows from the eyes of a statue of the Virgin Mary belonging to a Chilean woman, is indeed human blood. It was stated by Dr Inelia Chacon that three samples of the liquid examined in a laboratory were shown to be blood.
The small blue and white porcelain statue belongs to Olga Rodriguez, a housewife from the working class La Cisterna district in the south of Santiago. Since 14 November, when the tears of blood were seen for the first time, the modest home of Mrs Rodriguez has become the main attraction for residents of the district. The Church has refused to take up a position concerning this strange phenomenon. (From: L’Impartial, Switzerland)
In a hot and crowded upstairs bedroom in an average-looking house in an average-looking community one hour east of Los Angeles, miracles are taking place.
Every Sunday at 5:30 pm, when the gathered crowd says the rosary prayer, oil (or sometimes blood) begins to flow from statues of the Virgin Mary that are kept on an altar in the room. The altar is filled with dozens of statues of Mary, Jesus and Joseph. The walls of the room are literally covered with pictures of the three venerated figures. You’ve heard of crosses of light? What about crosses of shadow? At least two of them have appeared on the walls of the bedroom. But there’s no light source creating the shadows. They seem almost like stains, but are too perfectly-shaped. There’s even an image of the Virgin on the windowscreen.
On this particular Sunday afternoon, the room is crammed with people, mostly women, mostly Hispanic and Arabic. Nasreen (whose house this is, whose miracles these are) is Kuwaiti. The reciting of the rosary prayer takes on an almost Tower of Babel quality as Spanish, Arabic, English and later French can be heard in the cacophony of voices praying together faithfully. Devotional songs are sung in various tongues. The largest statue of Mary on the center of the altar looks as if it’s weeping, as a bead of oil reflects light from below the right eye.
When the praying ends, a crush of people converge on the altar to see the new oil on the Virgin Mary statues and to receive from Nasreen a cotton ball soaked with the sacred liquid (it’s actually pure olive oil, I’m told). The cotton ball is to be placed in a jar of commercial 100 per cent “Extra Virgin” olive oil, and the liquid used for healing purposes. I hear a woman’s voice say, “You can see the new oil on Joseph’s chin and on the cross.” Upon closer inspection, a statue of Jesus, Mary and Joseph can be seen with an oily substance on its surface.
As one crowd leaves the room, another lines up outside the door and down the stairs to see the statue and to receive the blessed oil. Nasreen patiently presses out the oil from a plastic squeeze bottle labeled “Holy Water” and gives each person a cotton ball soaked with it. The oil had presumably been collected from the statue on previous occasions.
As the crowd thins out, Nasreen finally takes a breather. She opens a photo album filled with pictures of the miracles: the statue crying tears of blood; the head of the statue facing at different angles (it once “bowed” its head in front of a crowd of 150 people, she says, “to thank the people for coming with faith in their hearts”); a dramatic image of Jesus superimposed on a photo of her garden; and so on.
I leave the house convinced, but under-informed. I call Nasreen a couple of weeks later to fill in some details.
Crying Madonna in Mura, Spain
by Carmen Font
The quiet life of the small and secluded village of Mura, 50km north of Barcelona, was shaken when, on 16 March 1998, the local priest Lluís Costa discovered that a 70cm-tall white marble Madonna statue looked as if she had been crying tears of blood. The statue had been brought from Medjugorje and exhibited on a square outside the village church on a pedestal 2.5 meters high. From one corner of each eye drops of blood had poured down her face until it coagulated, and the blood wasnít completely dry.
That morning I was in the square tidying up some flowers when I saw it. I called a couple who were in the rectory to come and see whether they saw the same as me. They confirmed it. Then I climbed up to the statue to check whether somebody could have taken it away and manipulated it. Since the statue is outside, it had accumulated some dust and also on the pedestal, so if someone had taken away the statue and replaced it, it would have been very difficult for him to place it on exactly the same clean spot, and without raising dust. It appeared to us that nobody had taken the statue away. So, if somebody had produced these tears, he had to do it outside with a ladder.
But only when Father Costa took the statue to the rectory did he realize its unique features. ìThe blood flows to the outer corners of her eyes, and just on her eyelids there are two nodules. Since the Madonna has her eyes half closed, it is natural that the tears spread as they flow, forming these nodules.î He asked a professional painter whether this effect could have been produced by somebody with a brush, or another tool. ìUnless this person was an expert classical painter ñ like Velázquez and others who knew exactly where to paint tears and blood since they knew which veins it stems from, it wouldnít occur to him to paint these two nodules above the eyelids. The blood, as it spreads (and because of capillary action), is first drawn upwards, then absorbed, like a sponge, and then runs down the surface of the cheeks.
Costa also checked with two doctors to see whether it would have been possible for somebody to inject blood into the two corners of the eyes and get the effect of pouring blood, since the statue is hollow. But they further confirmed that this was not possible, since the blood would have coagulated. What is more, since blood does not adhere to this kind of marble and the Madonnaís face leans slightly forwards, the blood would surely have fallen to the floor.
ìSo I concluded,î ó he pauses, measuring his words that the blood came out as in a natural injury, pouring downwards smoothly until it reached the lower part of the cheeks, where it formed two drops of blood. These two drops coagulated and then fell down, leaving a circular stain on each cheek that marks the existing drop and the coagulation, just like in a normal injury. These two circles, as well as the nodules above the eye, leave a vividly real impression that confirms to many the authenticity of the phenomenon. ìRealizing there was 51 per cent possibility that this was a true miracle, I thought it my responsibility not to hide it, and to tell people what I and others have seen.
Father Costa wrote a short report to inform his Bishopric but they paid his report no attention. Only when it was realized that the news had spread to the media, did the Bishop tell Costa to hand over the Madonna to the Bishopric, where it is being kept for three weeks under observation. ìI havenít been told whether they will carry out tests or not.î When asked whether he hoped the church would confirm the miracle, he added that although the Holy See had confirmed a similar incident in Civitavecchia partly because the Madonna cried in front of a bishop, he cannot say whether they will recognize the miracle even if they see it first hand.
The church mentality is that these phenomena are not possible, since this would imply that they should think in other parameters, more rational and intellectual, denying thus God’s freedom to speak to us in this way. But many who have come here, and have seen the Madonna, do not doubt that this is true because they have seen it and feel it, and don’t need further proof. And those approaching this in a critical frame of mind wouldnít believe it even if they saw all the miracles in the world. But one thing is certain: whether people believed or not, they stood in awe.
Costa himself is well acquainted with miraculous events which he notices have been on the rise over the last 10 years. ìI was never concerned with these kinds of phenomena till two years ago now, when I went though a series of events which cannot amount simply to coincidence ó I finally had to accept that I was being somehow guided somewhere from above, especially when a series of books showing miracles came to me. I have been following the subject; I have been to Medjugorje, seen things and had personal experiences that leave me in no doubt that miracles exist, and even more, that there is a relationship between them. You know,î he adds in a grave manner, quoting Father Pio from Italy, ì ëWhen a mother cries, it is a bad thing.í And what does a mother do? When she sees something wrong, she first shouts, then she exhorts, and if she cannot solve the problem, then she cries. If the tears are of blood, it means the pain is deeper. These miracles are like a warning, a cry without words, to which people are free to listen or not.
A cry for the present state of the world, our neglected earth and human relationships maybe? ìYes, for all of these, and more, possibly.î Then he points to his readings of the works of various Catholics who have received messages from the Madonna, such as the Italian Father Gobbi, supported by the Pope, Father Pio, Sister Hanna, Mrs Vassula and others, which apparently relate to many passages of the Bible, leading him to the conclusion that ìmiracles also announce future events to come, namely the appearance of the Antichrist in 1998 which will give way to the Second Coming of Jesus very shortly and the establishment of an age of peace, the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, rather than we going up to it. We will live in the Kingdom of Heaven. This is in the Gospel story.
Although Father Costa has not registered any miraculous healing until now, since the miracle is very recent, he was amazed by the extensive media coverage that the subject has aroused, which he puts down to a genuine public interest, although he complains some media have manipulated his words, presenting him as an eccentric because of his interpretation of miracles. ìMiracles are also indications of God of the way we should follow. Most priests believe that God spoke once and once only 2,000 years ago, and that we just have to follow what is written in the Gospel story; but this is not true, not even the Gospel says this. The revelation has not ended, in times of urgent need, God speaks. (from Share International, May 1998)
STATUE WEEPS AND WEEPS
Every day, dozens of people visit a small home in Australia to witness tears flow from the eyes of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Sixteen year-old Sam Scevola from Rooty Hill, a town near Sydney, bought the statue in an antique shop. Shortly after bringing it home, he and his mother discovered drops of liquid rolling down the statue’s face. “It took us a while to realize it was the statue that was sobbing,” says Sam. “My mother and I both collapsed when the truth sank in.”
The statue’s crying has since been so constant it has forced the Scevolas to place cotton balls between the lady’s praying hands and her body to collect the moisture. Church officials are aware of the crying statue, but have no comment until an investigation can be completed. (Source: The Sun, USA)
On 1 April 1997 a statue in the community of the Franciscan Sisters in Gebegamey in Benin, Africa, began weeping tears of blood. Vincent Metonnou, a journalist for the weekly Le Forum wonders why there are now so many similar “signs of sorrow” appearing all over the world: “Has the world lost the way?” He concluded that the Son of Man is probably saddened by mankind’s villainy. (Source: Le Forum, Benin)
In just three weeks, 3,000 visitors from all over the world have travelled to the County Wicklow village of Grangecon, Ireland, to witness a statue of the Madonna which weeps blood. In early May, Mrs Murray, a retired postmistress, and her daughter noticed that their statue’s eyes had filled with tears, and drops of blood had trickled from the left eye, leaving a brown stain. Many visitors claim to have seen the eyes water. Most say a sense of peace radiates from the statue. With people flocking to see the statue, Mrs Murray had welcomed travellers from 8am to 11pm every day. Recently, to cope with these crowds, the statue has been moved and placed in the village. (Source: Daily Mail, UK)
Ireland (1995) Update
In a back room of the Post Office in the tiny Southern Ireland village of Grangecon, County Wicklow, Post Mistress Mary Murray keeps her statue of the Virgin Mary. The painted statue stands about 12 inches high and is housed in a sealed glass case. BBC2’s 40-minute TV programme Everyman of 18 December 1994 told how the statue had been found to be “crying blood”. The statue, with its blood-stained cheeks, was clearly shown to BBC2 viewers.
When the phenomenon was first discovered, Mary Murray was persuaded to call the local radio station and tell listeners that “a miracle was happening in Grangecon”. At 3pm every day, the glass case with its holy contents is taken in procession, to the accompaniment of Hail Marys, to be placed beside the outdoor shrine of the Madonna nearby. Pilgrims from all over the world have been to see the weeping statue, and pray. Many believe that the Madonna is using the phenomenon of tears to stimulate prayer and devotion, and small groups of believers meet regularly in Mary Murray’s back room in the presence of the statue to say the Rosary and give each other spiritual support.
The manufacturers of the statue say that the adhesive used to fix its eyes can become moist in certain temperatures and this could explain the happening. The Vicar of the local Catholic church is non-committal – he says he looks for God, not in statues, but in people – but he does not condemn. Mary herself has not yet agreed to have the tears chemically tested, being unwilling to open the case and disturb the statue; she would not wish it to be tampered with, as, she asserts, happened with the Turin Shroud. (reported in Share International, March 1995)
The National Enquirer of America reported that between July and October of 1987, blood has flowed several times from the heart of a statue of Christ in the Italian city of Parma. Among the witnesses was a police officer and a journalist, the paper stated. Professor Vittorio Rizolli, a haematologist who examined the blood, is said to have confirmed that it was fresh human blood though very unusual as it contained no platelets. To the police officer, Giuseppe Melchiorre, the event was a turning point in his life. The National Enquirer quoted him as saying that he saw with his own eyes how blood streamed from the wooden heart of the statue. “I felt a shiver run up my spine and broke into a cold sweat. I staggered out of the abbey and, for the first time in my life, I prayed. I am now a firm believer and attend Mass.” ( Source : National Enquirer, 1988 )
Italian Catholics regard it as a ‘miracle’: from a statue of Christ found by a policeman on the refuse belt of Sant’Antonio Abate near Naples, a red fluid streams. It first appeared in the eyes and then from head, hands, breast and feet. After a report about the statue by the Italian TV station RAI-2, thousands of people curious to see it went to Sant’Antonio Abate, creating a traffic jam. All for nothing, as the Bishop of Castelimare di Stabia had taken the statue away. (Source: Salzburger Nachrichten, Austria)
Italy (1995) – Civitavecchia
The latest in a long line of growing miracles connected with the Virgin Mary is a statue which weeps tears of blood in Civitavecchia, not far from Rome, Italy. The statue was brought back to Italy from Medjugorje for a family whose son suffered from poor health. A shrine was built for it in the family garden and the young daughter brought an offering of flowers and prayers to the Madonna daily. The child was the first to notice the Virgin’s tears. The village priest was soon informed and the statue was taken away to be tested. The church is traditionally very sceptical and cautious about such miraculous events and as yet no pronouncement has been made. But the tears of blood have been analysed by Vatican scientific experts. Their findings: the blood has been found to be human blood, from a male – the DNA structure confirms this.
Other similar incidents have taken place and been reported on and investigated. The church remains silent while ordinary people continue to flock to the scenes of the miracles (although in some instances the statue or icon has been removed by church authorities for verification) to pray and offer thanks.
Miraculous signs, such as weeping or bleeding statues of the Virgin Mary, have appeared in the following places in Italy in recent years (the Vatican has yet to announce authentication): Potenza (May 1991); Nocere Inferiore (June 1992); Subiaco (January 1994); San Chirico, Raparo (May 1994); miracles attributed to Padre Pio (August 1994). Further sightings have taken place in Bergamo and Laziso in the north of Italy. A bas-relief of the Holy Virgin in Tivoli, east of Rome, has begun weeping. In Taranta Peligna in the Abruzzi mountains, a statue bought by a pilgrim in Lourdes has developed bloodstains on its face, throat, breasts, and hands.
Since this report was compiled, a new weeping statue of the Virgin Mary has been discovered at Castrovillari, Calabria. Tears of blood from this statue were also analysed and found to be human, belonging to the O-positive blood group.
Italy (1997) Civitavecchia Updates
“God can still heal if you pray to him to do so,” said Pope John Paul II recently in his Sunday angelus message, which turned into a call to solidarity with the sick, the old and children. According to the Pope, “all of them are in danger of being regarded as a burden”.
In Italy, this invitation from the Pope to pray for a miracle brings back into the public arena the claimed miracle of the Madonna in Civitavecchia, a village near Rome, where a small icon brought from Medjugorje weeps tears of blood.
A theological commission appointed by the Vatican has now accepted this as a miracle, according to an unconfirmed report. The statue was first seen weeping tears of blood, which was found to be human, in early 1995. The second anniversary of this miracle was attended by about 10,000 pilgrims. The local bishop surprised those present by blessing the occasion. He said that at least two people had been miraculously cured of cancer, one in Turin and the other in Toronto. In addition, political extremists, previously dedicated to violence, had been converted to peace and Christianity. Civitavecchia is now attracting thousands of pilgrims.
Observers have recalled the tears of blood of another statue of the Virgin Mary in Montreal, Canada, in 1985. They say this was followed by a near-epidemic of such phenomena in the case of other statues, as well as icons and crucifixes, in the city. Laboratory tests, commissioned by the Canadian Bishops Conference, found the tears to be blood mixed with fat, which melted when slightly warmed. (Source: The Tablet, UK; El Pais, Spain)
Bishop Girolano Grillo of Civitavecchia, 45 miles north of Rome, has appealed for priests from outside his diocese to join those already on duty at the makeshift shrine of the “Madonniana”, a statuette of the Virgin Mary which is believed to have wept tears of blood.
He said that during recent weeks, the number of pilgrims had doubled, to more than 20,000 on some days, and was continuing to increase rapidly. He welcomed this, because he believed beyond doubt the phenomenon to be supernatural. The Virgin’s blood-tears were shed for the ills and faithlessness of contemporary society, he said. The existing team of 10 priests was overwhelmed, not only by the need to distribute 2,000 hosts each at Mass, but by almost as strong a demand for confession beforehand. “They are hearing confessions in the open air, under the trees, wherever a space can be found.”
Most of the pilgrims are arriving in fleets of coaches from the south of the country, but growing numbers are coming from abroad. (Source: The Tablet, UK)
Thousands of people are flocking to a remote Mexican village to receive healings from a weeping statue of the Madonna. The healing powers of the three-foot Madonna statue in San Tomas were discovered this summer by a 12-year-old girl praying for her mother who was dying of cancer. The girl discovered tears flowing down the statue’s cheeks. “I thought it was the morning dew, so I touched the droplet,” said Ana Avila, a sixth-grader. “It tasted salty, like a real tear.” When Ana returned home, she found her mother in the kitchen preparing dinner and singing. The woman had not been able to get out of bed for three months. Word quickly spread throughout the town, and other healings were reported. The story of the Miraculous Madonna was published in the Mexico City daily newspapers, and elsewhere throughout the world. “People have come from South and North America, from Europe and from Asia,” says Father Amoros, the local priest. “And all have been healed.” He says, “People arrive on stretchers and crutches, then walk away under their own power after praying to the Madonna and touching her tears. No one can explain the tears or the miracles. They’ve sent scientists from Mexico City and from the US. All say the tears are real, but no one knows where they come from or how they heal.” (Source: The Sun, USA)
Puerto Rico (1994)
On a Sunday in June 1994, churchgoers at the Santa Rosa de Lima church in Rincon, Puerto Rico, saw tears falling from the cheek of the Virgin Mary statue. Since then, according to the priest Edgardo Acosta, tears regularly emerge from the statue’s left eye and roll down her cheek to her neck. The event has created a large group of believers, and Acosta has had to rope off the area to keep people away. Church attendance has increased noticeably.
Those who believe in the Madonna miracle say the tears bring a message. One churchgoer, Maria Hernandez, said: “I believe this is a message from God.” Another church attendee, Ada Perez, said: “I believe these tears are telling us we should change our life.” Father Acosta said: “Some say this event has transformed their lives. Some say they have been cured of physical or psychological illness — others say they have changed their way of life. But in the town of Rincon, you will still find sceptics who believe that this is a sign of the dark forces. I think heaven is giving us a very clear message: Change your life. Go back to God. Find yourself. Go back to the foundation of peace and happiness which is God. This is the foundation and wellspring of love.” (Source: Primer Impacto Television, USA)
The quiet life of the small and secluded village of Mura, 50km north of Barcelona, was shaken when, on 16 March 1998, the local priest Lluís Costa discovered that a 70cm-tall white marble Madonna statue ìlooked as if she had been crying tears of bloodî. The statue had been brought from Medjugorje and exhibited on a square outside the village church on a pedestal 2.5 meters high. From one corner of each eye drops of blood had poured down her face until it coagulated, and the blood wasnít completely dry.
Interview with Father Lluis Costa by Carmen Font
A statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in a Carmelite sisters’ convent in Diego Martin, west Trinidad, is weeping tears of blood. According to the local press, the tears first appeared on 15 February, 1996. Professor Courtenay Bartholomew, a local medical consultant who has written a book on Marian apparitions, is said to have tested the blood and found it to be human. People from all parts of the country have been going to the convent to see the statue, although the Sisters only allow a few to enter at a time. The Archbishop of Port of Spain, Anthony Partin is to carry out an investigation of the phenomenon. ( Source: The Tablet, UK, 1997 )
USA – Las Vegas, (1998)
In the backyard shrine of Pablo Covarrubias stands a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe brought from the Basilica in Mexico City. The Virgin regularly weeps real tears that are then harvested in little cotton balls and distributed to the faithful. According to Pablo, many supernatural healings have been documented, and on one very windy day, an apparition of Mary appeared in the sky above the shrine.
(Source: Los Angeles Weekly, USA)
An egg-shaped plaster image of the Madonna, six inches high, had hung for a year in the trailer home of Thomas and Margarita Holguin in Lewis, Kansas, without incident. But in the pre-dawn hours of 12 December 1996, Margarita Holguin turned on the lights and saw what looked like tears in the eyes of the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The phenomenon lasted throughout the following day, and then the tears turned blood red, the couple said. “I don’t know what to think about it all,” said Mrs Holguin. “I have never seen anything like this before.”
The phenomenon has drawn the attention of hundreds of people who have visited the Holguins’ home. December 12, the day Mrs Holguin first noticed the tears, is the day on which the appearance of the Guadalupe Virgin in Mexico in 1531 is commemorated. The Holguins’ pastor, Father William Vogel, said: “There is no doubt that there were tears, and it seemed as if blood was coming out of her eyes. I do not know what kind of natural explanation we can give to this.” (Source: El Pais, Spain, Associated Press)
A Catholic parish priest in Virginia has attracted national media attention, as well as thousands of visitors to the local Catholic church, because of eyewitness accounts that he causes statues of the Virgin Mary to weep tears or blood, and that he has stigmata on his wrists and feet mirroring the wounds of Christ. The Rev. James Bruse, an unassuming associate pastor at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Lake Ridge, Virginia, began experiencing these phenomena last December, and told his superior, the priest who heads the parish. The priest, Father Daniel Hamilton, reportedly saw the wounds on Bruse’s wrists and a statue in Bruse’s room producing blood. Since then he has seen the crying and bleeding statues, as well as Bruse’s stigmata, numerous times, and says, “Of course I doubted it in the beginning … And then… I saw some of this stuff he’d been talking about. It’s true. That’s all I can tell you. It’s true. It’s true.”
According to parish officials and church parishioners, many times during, before, or after a church service, hundreds in attendance have seen the church’s statue of the Virgin Mary cry. Other statues on the parish grounds have been seen to weep as well. After Bruse celebrated Mass at a nearby church, water reportedly began dripping from the church’s wooden statue of the Virgin Mary. The phenomena occur irregularly, and Bruse sometimes has only to be in the statue’s vicinity for the crying to begin. A Washington Post reporter who covered the story, and personally witnessed a crying statue while interviewing Bruse, wrote, “There’s gotta be a trick here. It’s as if the water is just appearing right out of the plaster and then rolling downward. Proof positive you can be seeing something and still not believe you’re seeing it.” Some church parishioners, however, are in no doubt. Tom Saunders, a local church-goer, has photos of a weeping statue, and says one statue “cried in my hand”. Saunders says he’s seen at least a dozen statues cry. “When you see it, it’s hard to believe at first,” he says. “But it’s there.” (Source: Washington Post; USA Today)