ARTIST SAYS NO WAY OIL COULD EXUDE FROM BRONZE GUADALUPE STATUE

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You may remember the recent stories — for instance, from the Washington Post:

“Inside a Catholic church in New Mexico, a 7-foot bronze statue of the Virgin Mary appears to be “weeping,” church leaders say.

“The sculpture, known locally as Our Lady of Guadalupe, is not crying human tears. An investigator with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces said her ‘tears’ have the same chemical makeup as olive oil treated with perfume — a substance that, when blessed, would be chrism, a sacred oil used in the Catholic Church to anoint the parishioners. The rare occurrence has prompted people from all over to come for conversions, confessions and to watch the statue of the mother of God cry.

“It started on Pentecost Sunday on May 20, when parishioners at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs noticed tears streaming from the Virgin Mary’s eyes, said Judy Ronquillo, the church business manager. She said the statue continued ‘weeping’ the next day and has done so several times since.”

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via Statue Artist

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