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Padre Pio statue weeps tears of blood

Thousands of believers have flocked to the Sicilian city of Messina after a statue of Blessed Padre Pio began shedding tears some think are blood.

A passer-by noticed that the statue seemed to be crying late on Tuesday night.

Police plan to analyse the red liquid coming from the statue's eyes

The passer-by called a local priest who was unable to wipe away the red substance leaking from the eyes of the statue in the centre of the city, according to the Italian news agency Ansa.

The suspected miracle was reported on the evening news and sparked mass interest in the statue of Padre Pio, who will be canonised by the Pope in June.

Though claims of weeping statues are not unusual in Italy, the popularity of Padre Pio has made this a special case.

More than 2000 people rushed to the statue overnight in the square in front of the Church of Madonna of Pompeii.



8 Mar 2002