Crying statues. A real phenomenon?

Las estatuas que lloran ¿Un fenómeno real?


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What is behind the mystery of the crying statues?
A plaster statue of Jesus Christ begins to bleed. A painting of the Virgin leaves royal tears flowing. These phenomena are very real. We immediately thought of failures. Today, no one wants to believe that such things can happen. Miracles” are considered superstitions of the Middle Ages.

However, after the study, the truth about the screaming statues seems quite surprising. True evidence exists, but reality may not be as expected.

Blood and tears

In July 1966, in London, a crucifix shed tears for thirty days.

In April 1975, Mrs. Anne Poore was praying at Boothwynen Church in Pennsylvania when she saw an incredible spectacle:

I suddenly raised my eyes to the statue of Christ, and my heart stopped beating. Two drops of blood, red as rubies, had just appeared on the wounds on the hands of the plaster statue”.

In January 1981, a statue of the Virgin Mary in Caltanisetta, Sicily, began bleeding down the right cheek after crying in 1974.

There are too many examples to mention.


study of phenomena

In the 1950s, the Italian physicist Piero Casoli embarked on a long study of crying Madonna women.
He concluded that these phenomena occurred on average twice a year only in Italy.

The British Fortean Times has been able to report multiple gender cases in many countries at all times.

On March 16,1960, a portrait of the Virgin Mary began to cry behind her crystal frame. This Madonna belonged to Mrs. Pagora Catsounis of New York. Father Papadeas, of the Greek Orthodox Church, also witnessed the events when he arrived at this lady’s house.

Later, another Virgin, who began to weep, appeared in the same family. Samples of the fluid were analyzed and it turned out they weren’t human tears.
The painting was exchanged, but he also started crying.

A meticulous study of the paint revealed the presence of stains under the eyes, consisting of crystallized particles of something similar to a serum.

These crystals, accumulated and dry, did not move.

When Bayles looked at the painting a second time, tears were always in the same place. There were no needle holes or other openings through which liquid could have been introduced.

During a visit, a woman shouted in front of Bayles and a friend, that a tear was running across the board. Some of those present were immediately convinced. But the two men saw nothing.

Bayles stated that he was convinced it was a “collective hallucination”.

The case of Mrs. Poore’s statue is very different. This statue of Christ in plaster bleeds every Good Friday and Holy Day since 1975.
It was placed in a church in Pennsylvania and placed at 3 m above the altar.

The pastor of the church reported:”Sometimes he bled for four hours. I saw the palms of my hands perfectly dry, then a few minutes later I saw some drops of blood dripping from the stigmata.

Blood never flows beyond the statue whose clothes are now embedded in dried blood.”.

Dr. Joseph Rovito, a respected doctor in Philadelphia, led his own research. When an x-ray was taken, the statue revealed no evidence of any deposit or other fraudulent mechanism, but blood tests did not reveal much.
Although the blood thus identified was undoubtedly human blood, the low number of red blood cells in it indicated that the blood was very old.
However, blood flowed at a long distance before clotting, indicating fresh blood.

The problem is that fresh blood contains millions of red blood cells. His conclusion was as follows:

“This blood is so old that we cannot determine its blood type.”

Miracle or psychic phenomenon?

Once the fraud is ruled out, one has to wonder how blood or tears can appear on a statue or painting.

Studies suggest that these phenomena do not appear to occur at random. There is a certain logic that suggests that the phenomenon is the result of intelligence.

For example, in September 1911, the portrait of Christ, placed in the church of Mirebeau in France, was covered with bloody traces.
This phenomenon came to a halt with the death of the church priest. Therefore, we can deduce that the phenomenon was linked to his personality.

In the same way, the absence of chance is evident in the phenomenon that affected a statue of St. Anne in 1954. The fingers of this statue began to bleed after the owner of the object accidentally broke them.

Some psychologists have raised the plausible hypothesis of telekinesis. We would all have those skills to cause changes in our environment by projecting violently sensed or repressed emotions.

Here are some stories about these miraculous objects;

Civitavecchia, Italy, 1995



On February 2,1995, a small statue of the Blessed Virgin began to weep tears of blood in the garden of a family living in Civitavecchia. It was a five-year-old girl, Jessica Gregori, who noticed for the first time the tears of blood on the face of the statuette, taken from a shop in the shrine of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina and offered to her family.

It was then entrusted to the bishop of the region, Monsignor Grillo, and to his great surprise, on March 15, the statue shouted for the last time as he held it in his hands.

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This is where the many arguments and confrontations between those who believe in a miracle and the sceptics who are convinced of a deception begin. The bishop then gives the statue to the scientists who examine it, but they discover no internal device or device and after analyzing the tears, declare that they were made of human male blood. However, so far, however, the Vatican has not yet given its verdict on the supposed miracle. On June 17, Bishop Grillo recovered the statue and placed it in a shop window in the church of St. Augustine. From that day forward, there has been a considerable number of pilgrims who have come to venerate what many now call “Our Lady of Civitavecchia”.

Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, United States, 1975


A day in April 1975, just after Easter, Mrs. Anne Poore of Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, was praying for the lost sheep. She was kneeling in front of a 66 cm high plaster statue representing Christ. Suddenly I looked at the statue,”she later told reporters who came to interrogate her. And my heart stopped beating: two drops of blood, red as rubies, had just appeared on the wounds on the hands of the plaster statue. I was terrified. I could see that it was royal blood, for that day I saw blood flow from the wounds of this statue dozens of times. Today, it is fashionable not to believe in this sort of thing, or rather to believe that such things do not happen. They are considered survivors, deplorable in the scientific age, beliefs from another era.

When he discovered this phenomenon of “bleeding” he placed the statue in the middle of a sanctuary where many people could see it. On Fridays and holidays, the blood that flowed from them was particularly abundant. Finally the statue was sent to a church in Pennsylvania and placed 3 meters above the altar. Chester Olszewski, pastor of this church, reported:”Sometimes he bled for four hours. I know there’s no fraud. I saw the palms of my hands perfectly dry, then, a few minutes later, I observed drops of blood dripping from the stigmata (…). It’s amazing, but blood never flows beyond the statue whose clothes are now embedded with dried blood stains.

Another priest, Father Henry Lovett, declared that he came to see her with skepticism, but he returned convinced that it was a miracle:”I took the hands of the statue in my hands and I was able to separate them from the statue and examine them. They’re in plaster. And the statue was bleeding a lot while I was doing this exam. In this case there is no doubt that a liquid, similar to blood, mysteriously escaped from the locations of Christ’s stigmata on the statue. But was it real blood? Dr. Joseph Rovito, one of Philadelphia’s most respected physicians, conducted his own research.

When the statue was X-rayed, it revealed no evidence of any deposit or other mechanism fraudulently hidden inside, but the results of blood tests did not show much. Although the blood thus identified was undoubtedly human blood, the low number of red blood cells in it was a strange phenomenon indicating that the blood was very old. The fact that the blood flowed long-distance before clotting indicated, on the contrary, that it was fresh blood, and fresh blood contained millions of red blood cells.

Dr. Rovito concluded:”This blood is so old that we can’t determine its blood type. And Father Lovett and some other Catholics inferred it as soon as it was the blood of Christ.

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 1993

On December 12,1998, an hour after the prayer vigil began, the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe again wept tears. The next day, she cried again between 2:00 and 3:00 pm. This statue, which the media have called ” The Crying Virgin of Las Vegas “, is located in the backyard of the Covarrubias family’s house, which built a small pilgrimage site in his honor. Visitors have been received there since 1993, when the statue began to cry for the first time.

The story of the Llorona Virgin of Las Vegas began in 1991, when Pablo Covarrubias brought a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Mexico City. The statue barely survived the Tijuana border crossing point when U. S. border guards tried to tear it down to make sure there were no drugs inside. When he returned home, Paul placed the statue in his backyard on a stone pillar and the whole family began to pray with devotion.

On May 31,1993, Martha, daughter of Paul, noticed tears on the face of Our Lady. Recognizing a miracle, the family turned to the media to share it with others. The CBS Las Vegas Channel 8 affiliate sent a team to report on the event. Before filming, the reporter insisted that the statue move from its stone column to show that the tears were not from a water source. Many people were opposed to moving the statue because they feared it would break. However, faced with the need for convincing testimony, the statue moved from its column and began to cry again in front of the camera, just at the right time. The television crew returned a week later to take additional pictures for the television news. The television station does not keep its recordings for more than two years, but the family kept a video copy of the film broadcast on Channel 8 in June 1993, one week after the miracle began.

The Virgin once again wept on December 12,1993, feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Miraculous tears appeared again on September 25,1995. The tears shed by the statue are collected with pieces of cotton and offered to the faithful. In addition, there would have been several miraculous healings according to the family, as well as supernatural events such as the apparition of the virgin in heaven.

On the side of the bishop of the region it says that the miraculous statue is a hoax. However, even without Church recognition, the Crying Virgin of Las Vegas has attracted many visitors since 1993.

St. Thomas, Mexico, 1992

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In San Tomás, a remote town in Mexico, thousands of visitors flock to receive the healing of a statue of the Virgin Mary. The healing powers of this 90 cm high statue were discovered in the summer of 1992 by a 12-year-old girl who prayed for her mother’s death from cancer. The girl had noticed tears on the cheeks of the statue. “I thought it was dew, so I touched the drops,”said Ana Avila.” It was salty, like real tears”.

When Anne returned home, her mother was singing to prepare food when she had been unable to get out of bed for three months. The news spread throughout the city and other healings were observed. The story of the Miraculous Virgin, published in the newspaper of Mexico City, has been picked up by other media around the world. The people came from South and North America, Europe and Asia,”said Fr. Amorós, a local priest,” and they were all healed. People arrive on stretchers and crutches, then they walk on their own, praying to Our Lady and touching her tears. The phenomenon remains unexplained. Scientists have come from Mexico City and the United States; all of them have discovered that tears are real, but none of them know where they come from or how to heal.

Rockingham, Australia, 2002


The statue of a Madonna in tears draws thousands of Catholics to Rockingham, 50 km south of Perth, Australia. It was bought in Thailand in Bangkok by Patty Powell in 1994.
According to Patty, the statue began to shed tears on March 19,2002, for St. Joseph’s Day. He cried again between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. In August, tears flowed almost uninterruptedly. These oily tears emit a fragrance of rose water. Then Patty contacted the religious authorities. The Catholic Archbishop of Perth, Barry Hickey, once informed, established a commission to investigate the famous statue.

Scientists from two universities in Western Australia analyzed the statue. The x-rays have shown that the statue is made of a porous but sealed material on the outside, and that there are no holes or scratches on the surface that allow the oil to leak. Medical imaging was used to verify that something special inside the statue, such as a sponge, would not retain the oil. But none of this came out.
Skeptics believe the statue is a forgery, but no one has been able to prove it. Doug Clarke, a chemist at Murdoch University, analyzed the oily liquid and told reporters that he thought it was a scam. But he found no evidence that the statue was a hoax. He explained that tears were a vegetable oil, probably an olive oil perfumed with rose.

If I’d tried to play a bad trick, he wouldn’t have tested me.” The statue also has healing properties according to Patty Powell, it would have miraculously healed the sick.

This type of paranormal projection usually takes two forms:

Religious phenomena

Disorders related to batting activity or other spirits
According to specialists, the facts suggest a phenomenon of remote fluid displacement. But where do they come from?

No one is in a position to answer that question at this time. The only thing that emerges from it is that, contrary to the manifestations of abusive spirits, religious ecstasy has a beneficial and non-destructive effect.

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