Hundreds of ecstatic pilgrims are flocking to a statue of the Virgin Mary believed to be crying a single tear of blood
“The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.” Jeremiah 7:18 (KJV)
Images of the statue with a red liquid dripping down its cheek have been shared on social media, prompting a mass pilgrimage to Floridablanca in Columbia. Locals believe they have witnessed a miracle and others are swarming to catch a glimpse.
Resident Ana Cristina Jimenez said: ‘I saw that the Virgin had a tear of blood. I was surprised. I felt joyful, sad… everything!’ Miryan Quintero, another woman from the community, added: ‘I believe it. The Virgin is alive in Heaven. I know she’s real.’
An unnamed local said: ‘Every day the neighbours pray in front of the Virgin Mary and yesterday they saw that she had a tear from her left eye.
‘People went to look at her closely and confirmed it was true. Many people have come to see it and have been stunned.’
The Catholic Church has not commented or participated in the unexpected mass pilgrimage, although the archbishop of the nearby city of Bucaramanga has asked people to be cautious.
Local priest Jorge Eliecer Garcia said: ‘People tend to rally in these situations that become pilgrimages or even business to some. But they also touch the hearts of people in one way or another.’
Locals have demanded for representatives of the Catholic Church to come and clarify if it is indeed a miracle of if there is a scientific explanation for the situation. source