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Video: ‘Crying’ Virgin Mary statue reported as ‘miracle’

A statue of Mary wearing a faded Ukrainian flag is seen near the entrance of St. Mary's Ukrainian Cemetery in Elkins Park. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)
November 15, 2023

In an event captivating worshippers and sparking global interest, a statue of the Virgin Mary in El Canal, Mexico, has been filmed seemingly shedding tears, drawing hundreds to witness what many are calling a miraculous phenomenon.

The alleged miracle, captured in a video that has been circulated on social media, shows what appear to be tears falling from the statue’s eyes, creating an emotional and spiritual spectacle. Jack Posobiec, a conservative media personality, shared the video on X, stating, “Real-life ‘miracle’ as Virgin Mary statue is filmed crying in Mexico.”

According to Daily Mail, some people have claimed that the statue’s eyes became red as the water droplets fell. For example, local resident Victor Ramos said, “Similarly, when we cry, and our eyes become red, the same happens to the image.”

The tearful statue, located in a church in the state of Colima, has become a focal point for believers and spectators alike. According to Daily Mail, some locals interpret this event as a divine response to the region’s ongoing violence.

The Colima Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that 702 intentional homicides have occurred this year in the the area, according to Daily Mail. As a result, many community members view the Virgin Mary statue’s tears as a plea for peace.

The “miracle” statue has also generated significant skepticism. Professor Luigi Garlaschelli offered a different perspective, claiming that certain statues can absorb water due to the materials used to construct them.

“You need a hollow statue made of plaster or ceramic,” Garlaschelli said, noting that a porous material absorbing water could lead to leakage if there is a slight crack in the statue.

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However, the event in Mexico is not an isolated occurrence. The Vatican has shown interest in mysterious phenomena, with the Pontifical Mariana International Academy in Italy investigating various “weeping” Virgin Mary statues and other occurrences, such as stigmata and ghost sightings.

According to Daily Mail, previous instances of similar “weeping” Virgin Mary events include a 2019 sighting at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, where a painting of the Virgin Mary was reported to have shed tears, as well as a 2018 occurrence in Argentina where a statue of the Virgin of the Mystic Rose was seen “weeping” blood.

The Virgin Mary, known for being the mother of Jesus Christ, is seen as a symbol of motherhood, faithfulness, purity, humility, and obedience and holds a significant place in Christian tradition.

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.