Residents of Acapulco, Mexico were left in shock after they noticed blood flowing from the eyes of a statue of baby Jesus. Interestingly, this is the fourth time this year that the statue has appeared to cry blood. Local media reported that the incident was first witnessed during New Year’s Eve.
A message from God or the devil’s doing?
Locals believe this is a miraculous sign from God who is angry at the high crime rate in the region. For starters, Acapulco experiences an average of 111 killings for every 100,000 people. As per the Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, this rate is very high, and it seems they are not the only ones concerned.
Interestingly, not everyone is on board with the claim that this could be a message from God. Some residents allege that the statue’s tears of blood is a sign of the devil. Whether or not the tears are coming from God’s work or the devil’s work, residents say “The truth is, we are convinced that it cried, even when people were holding it.”
Despite the enthusiasm around the incident, a priest from the region said the Catholic Church is taking up the matter to ascertain its veracity. In particular, the church is simply after the real truth behind the incident and wants to protect worshipers from possible exploitation by opportunists.
This is not the first statue to cry
Interestingly, this is not the first time claims of a crying statue have surfaced. In late April 2008, a church custodian was charged with a case of high sacrilege after it was discovered that he had hoaxed people into believing that a statue of Virgin Mary cried blood.
According to a police report, Vincenzo Di Costanzo from Forli, a city in Northern Italy, dripped his blood onto the face of the statue. Notably, the incident happened in March 2006 in Santa Lucia Church located in Forli. Police found that the man was trying to simulate a miracle. Nevertheless, the former custodian remained adamant and denied all the charges.
In New Mexico, a Catholic bishop was left in awe after he noticed tears flowing down the face of a Virgin Mary statue. Interestingly, it was established that the tears were olive oil. Nonetheless, the spectacle attracted the attention of many parishioners and outside visitors.
The bishop spoke to the media where he said, "Some of the witnesses claimed it smelled of roses, so something similar to the oil I bless and consecrate each year that we use for baptism, for confirmations and ordination of the priests."