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Brisbane priest says rosary beads 'shed oil'

A priest whose church was the site of several so-called miracles told parishioners his personal rosary beads had shed oil during an interstate trip.

The Courier-Mail reports today that Fr Joseph Thanh Liem Nguyen, the chaplain of the Vietnamese Catholic Community Centre in Inala on Brisbane's south-western outskirts, made the claim in Vietnamese on a website used by the centre.

While the Courier-Mail article was published this morning, the website claim on which it is based appears to pre-date last week's announcement by Archbishop John Bathersby that a church investigation has found that oil-seeping and "bleeding" artefacts at the church were fake.

The paper reports that Fr Nguyen also said a statue of Mary and a portrait of Jesus at the centre seeped oil at the same time.

"From 5 June to 6 June, when I was in Adelaide, South Australia, my rosary bead, which had shedding oil and put in a small box and was used for my night prayer, once again started shedding oil with a strong smell of roses," Fr Nguyen said.

The website was translated into English by a Church commission of inquiry into several religious artefacts said to have seeped oil at the centre.

The inquiry focused its attention on a 60cm statue of Mary.

It tested no further artefacts after the discovery of "two fine holes in the statue" through which a "syringe could be used to introduce a liquid".

Priest's claimed rosary beads 'shed oil' (The Courier Mail 4/8/04)

Joseph Nguy?N Thanh Liêm": "HI?N TU?NG L?: Thánh Tu?ng Đ?c M? và Thánh Giá cùng Ch?y D?u và Ch?y Máu
Ư ki?n d?c gi? v? Hi?n tu?ng Brisbane: ''Có th? chang?'' (VietCatholic News 2/8/04)
Inala priest says faith rose to the occasion (The Courier-Mail 29/5/04)
Archbishop says weeping statues were fraudulent (CathNews 30/7/04)
Believers reject church findings on 'weeping' statues (The Courier Mail 30/7/04)
Church says 'weeping' statues are fakes (The Advertiser 30/7/04)
Brisbane miracle 'a hoax' (ABC Radio The World Today 29/7/04)
Weeping statue 'not a miracle' (ABC 29/7/04)
"Weeping" statue a fraud, Australian prelate says (Catholic World News 29/7/04)
Archbishop to announce statue probe results this morning (CathNews 29/7/04)
Statue probe to reveal all (Sydney Morning Herald/AAP 28/7/04)
Brisbane miracle investigation report still weeks away (CathNews 9/7/04)
Weeping statue investigation progresses (CathNews 8/6/04)
Retired chemistry professor to examine weeping statues (CathNews 3/6/04)
$1m offer made for Mary tears (The Courier Mail 3/6/04)
Weeping statues, crucifixes - Brisbane church inquiry (Catholic Weekly 6/6/04)
Weeping Mary draws faithful (CathNews 31/5/04)
Inala priest says faith rose to the occasion (The Courier Mail 29/5/04)
Archbishop Bathersby announces weeping statue investigation (CathNews 26/5/04)
Church to investigate 'miracle statue' (The Courier Mail 25/5/04)
Church considers 'weeping' Mary statue probe (ABC 25/5/04)
Church Investigates Weeping Statues (Reuters 25/5/04)
Crowds flock to see 'weeping' religious icons (CathNews 24/5/04)

4 Aug 2004