Our Lady sheds more tears in Sri Lanka

In the third case reported in a month, another statue of Our Lady is reported to have started shedding tears of blood in Sri Lanka's war torn Mannar district.

AsiaNews reports that two earlier claims were made about statues in Jaffna District. All three statues are in places that are in the thick of Sri Lanka's civil war.

Church sources told AsiaNews that the statue, which was situated in a house of religious sisters, has been moved to St Sebastian's Cathedral on Mannar Island. People are flocking to see it.

In Jaffna town, a statue said to have cried blood in early February was transferred to St John the Baptist Church.

The other statue that reportedly shed tears of blood is an image of Our Lady of Vailankanni (a Marian shrine in southern India) in Chavakacheri, another town in Jaffna peninsula.

The reports come as the war goes from bad to worse in Sri Lanka, inflicting untold suffering on civilians. Ongoing fighting between the Sri Lankan security forces and the Tamil Tigers rebel group is displacing hundreds of thousands of people.

Meanwhile, civilians are being abducted and killed daily in the north and east and elsewhere. Others are arrested and detained for long periods without formal legal charges against them.

"I think every mother in the north and east is crying blood in her heart because of the atrocities taking place here," one priest from Mannar Diocese told AsiaNews.

"Anyone who has a heart - and I think Blessed Mary has a big heart - will cry these days in Sri Lanka."

Another statue of the Virgin sheds tears of blood at Mannar, where civil war rages (AsiaNews, 29/3/07)

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30 Mar 2007