This is the moment a Virgin Mary statue appears to weep – reportedly attracting hundreds of devotees to visit the church where it is based and beg the mother of Jesus for miracles.
The statue was filmed “crying” at the San Antonino Obispo Chapel in the community of Cerro Armadillo Chico in the region of Cuenca del Papaloapan located in the northern Mexican state of Oaxaca.
Our Lady of Sorrows, also called the Sorrowful Mother, are the names by which the Virgin Mary is referred to in reflection of the sad events in her life.
According to local media, the religious icon was displayed over the New Year period and visitors claimed the statue’s eyes were red while tears appeared to fall down its cheeks.
Reports said that some people even mopped the statue’s tears away, but they kept on falling like raindrops.
After the news spread, devotees flocked to the site to pray for miracles and cures for diseases.
Visitors went to the chapel with flowers and candles which were placed next to the statue.
Local resident Antonio Trinidad told local media that the crying statue is a sure sign that “something important is about to happen”.
Meanwhile, devotee Antonio Trinidad Jose said: “The virgin is praying for our sins and asking God to help us.”
Tereso Salinas, who also went to see the alleged miracle, said that he “believes she is crying”, adding that those of faith will know how to interpret God’s message.
So far, the bishop of Tuxtepec has yet to comment on the weeping statue as people reportedly continue to flock to the chapel to see it with their own eyes.
However, some commentators on social media are more cynical about the apparent miracle.
A skeptic said: “This is staged, people need to stop being so naive.
“If I was there, I would have looked for a pipe or something from where the water is coming from.”
In a similar vein, a second person said: “Come on, we are in 2020, it is time to realise that these ‘miracles’ are a fraud.
“Why are you reporting on this nonsense?”
Many cases of statues weeping tears that appear to be blood, oil or scented liquids have been reported by devoted Christians.
However, these would-be miracles are usually disallowed by the Church as proven hoaxes.