Virgin Mary Statue Said to 'Weep' Oil

Hundreds flocking to small town in Israel to see it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 12, 2014 12:10 PM CST
Virgin Mary Statue Said to 'Weep' Oil
A Christian worshiper uses a mobile phone to take a photograph of a statue of the Virgin Mary, that residents say "weeps" oil, in an apartment belonging to the Khoury family, in Tarshiha.   (Ariel Schalit)

Hundreds of people have flocked to a small town in northern Israel to view a statue of the Virgin Mary that residents say "weeps" oil. Members of a Christian family from Tarshiha, near the Lebanon border, say they have witnessed a miracle in their living room. Osama Khoury said yesterday that his wife Amira found the statue "covered with oil" recently. Amira said the statue "spoke to her" and told her not to be afraid. After a neighbor witnessed the oil, word soon spread.

Parts of the statue appear to be slick with moisture, even after it is wiped off. The family says it is most striking when a "tear" seems to roll down the statue's cheek. It says some 2,000 people have come to see the statue over the last week. (More statue stories.)

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