A statue of the Virgin Mary has reportedly started weeping and is now being looked at by ‘miracle investigators’ from the Catholic Church.
The humble plaster statue is of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a Mexican version of the Virgin Mary, nicknamed la Morenita or the brunette.
t began to shed tears in front of owner Guadalupe Hernandez, who shares the saint’s first name, after she finished praying at her home in Acapulco, in Mexico.
Now church leaders are investigating.
Images and video footage apparently showing the statue with tears seemingly streaming down its cheeks have astonished devout followers who have flocked to Acapulco to worship it.
Owner Ms Hernandez said: “It was midday and I stood in front of her and I spoke to her.
“I finished my prayer and looked at La Morenita and I saw her crying.”
She added: “It is a gift from God, I do not know why and I do not know what is behind it, but, well, we will wait.”
Ms Hernandez first showed the statue’s tears to her neighbour, Max.
She said: “I told him, Max, come in, watch the Virgin.
“Watch, I am not sure if it is wrong. I don’t want people to misunderstand this.”
But local priest Father Juan Carlos Flores removed the statue from a makeshift shrine in Ms Hernandez’s home, where pilgrims had started to gather.
He told local media it has been sent to a religious colony in Emiliano Zapata where its tears will be investigated by senior priest Father Octavio Gutierrez Pantoja.
Father Octavio would neither confirm nor deny the miracle but asked believers to pray.
The Virgin of Guadalupe basilica was established in a Mexico City suburb in the 1500s after Mary appeared to a peasant and asked him to build her a church.
It has since become the world’s third most visited sacred site.