It was found that the 'tears' that the statue wept had the same kind of chemical makeup as olive oil treated with perfume.
A seven-foot-tall bronze statue of the Virgin Mary has started 'weeping', according to Catholic church leaders in Mexico. The Independent reports that the statute, locally known as Our Lady of Guadalupe, isn't crying human tears, rather, it's olive oil.
A Virgin Mary statue has been ‘weeping’ olive oil. Church leaders can’t explain it. Olive oil was first found near the eyes of a Virgin Mary statue at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs, N.M., in May. Officials can't determine the cause. https://t.co/iStOPH2LlT pic.twitter.com/H9RfKMVxLz— Joy105.com (@Joy105com) July 18, 2018
EXTRA VIRGIN: Catholic Church officials are trying to figure out why this bronze statue of the Virgin Mary in Hobbs, New Mexico is seemingly weeping olive oil. pic.twitter.com/T18TmaMWjm— ABC World News Now (@abcWNN) July 18, 2018
When investigated further by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces, it was found that the 'tears' that the statue wept had the same kind of chemical makeup as olive oil treated with perfume. This substance, when blessed, is known as chrism, an oil used to anoint Catholic parishioners.
Church leaders say that the phenomenon drew people from all over for confessions, conversions, and to watch the mother of God cry. The statue first began to 'cry' on May 20, which was Pentecost Sunday, when the parishioners noticed tears streaming down her face.
Many members of the church have said that they have never seen anything like this. Judy Ronquillo, the church's business manager, told Washington Post that the statue continued to 'weep' the next day and several more times after that.
This may be the message for Christian leaders to stop the bloodshed across the world and they should play the rule for dismantling of mass destruction weapons. The world have new challenges now so we have to end the clash of civilisation era.— mohammad jazib (@mjclick2check) July 20, 2018
A sign of faith & hope? Our Lady of Guadalupe statue in New Mexico is weeping olive oil mixed with perfume, chrism oil when blessed. @LindseyBever of the @WashingtonPost on the #VirginMary’s tears. https://t.co/sMQQvu95Uu— Marie Coronel (@10NewsCoronel) July 19, 2018
It's a miracle...FREE olive oil! Virgin Mary statue's 'tears' were made of olive oil https://t.co/ztKHwJNPgO— Cathey Thomas (@Cathey_Thomas) July 23, 2018
Though the phenomenon has been praised as a miracle, it has gained the attention of many naysayers. Internet users have a completely different take on the blessed statue. It didn't stop them from bringing in the jokes and puns.
And...the statue of Joseph is weeping balsamic vinegar.— Gary Goldberg (@ggbergDC) July 18, 2018
Thank the lord that it wasn't crude oil otherwise she would have been branded as a terrorist and occupied in the name of freedom. pic.twitter.com/cUm0du9IXh— Mohammed (@WaqarWalayat1) July 18, 2018
It’s been a rough week. I’d be worried if she wasn’t weeping olive oil at this point.— Lori 🇺🇸 (@lcleary1959) July 19, 2018
the statue of the Virgin Mary in New Mexico is now said to be weeping olive oil, according to local media— Tommy Tighe (@theghissilent) July 19, 2018
definitively proving once and for all that St. Joseph was, in fact, Italian
But is it Virgin Olive Oil?— Matt 🥩🍔🍰 (@p1anetmatt) July 18, 2018
Now if she'd only piss vinegar we could have a decent salad.— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) July 19, 2018
It's fair to say that the new has attracted its fair share of skeptics.Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.