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Perth statue weeps again

A statue of the Virgin Mary that has been drawing crowds since 2002 when it apparently began weeping rose-scented tears reportedly started crying again last week.

Owner Patty Powell, who bought the statue 10 years ago in Bangkok, said it started shedding tears again on Palm Sunday.

"I had no idea it was going to happen, but like all of this, I take whatever I am given," Ms Powell said. "I just accept it for what it is, but yes, I am surprised."

Ms Powell started displaying the statue at the local church at Rockingham in 2002. But Archbishop Barry Hickey instructed her to remove it from the church after an analysis of the "tears" found they were a mixture of vegetable oil and rose oil.

"It is therefore my rightful duty as Archbishop of Perth, for the correct guidance of the people of God, to say that the case for a miraculous happening has not been proved," he said.

That ruling did not stop thousands of people flocking to see the statue, which is now on display four days a week at Powell's home, renamed the Holy Family House of Prayer, where she has built a shrine for the weeping figurine.

Owner: Virgin Mary statue weeps again (Associated Press/CNN 12/4/04)

Virgin Mary statue begins 'weeping' again (AP/IOL 11/4/04)
Perth Virgin 'weeps' once more (CathNews 28/4/03)
Church probe concludes statue tears are vegetable oil (27/2/03)
Weeping Mary withdrawn from church display (CathNews 18/2/04)
Weeping statue put to the test (Channel 7 Today Tonight 12/9/02)
Moment of truth for weeping statue devotees (CathNews 2/12/02)
Perth Archbishop announces inquiry into weeping Madonna statue (CathNews 25/11/02)
Miracle attributed to Perth statue tears (CathNews 29/10/02)
Tests on crying Madonna fail to show hoax (CathNews 13/9/02)
Tests show weeping statue of Virgin Mary is no hoax (Catholic Weekly 29/9/02)
A suburban miracle (Today Tonight 9/9/02)
Weeping Statue (Catholic Weekly 22/9/02)
Why weepest thou (Editorial, Catholic Weekly 29/9/02)

13 Apr 2004