- There was mild hysteria as a statue of the Virgin Mary located at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs, was said to be weeping olive oil
- According to reports, the church is investigating to determine whether the oil coming from the hollow statue happened because of natural causes
- Visitors have since start flocking the church since the story broke out in May
Earlier on, NAIJ.com reported the news of how the statue of Virgin Mary located at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs drew the attention of many after a video surfaced showing the statue weeping tears during a Sunday mass.
Well, the church is back in the news after the same statue was said to be weeping scented olive oil. According to reports, investigators are said to have examined the statue and the surrounding area and there were no signs of tampering.
A sample of fluid was taken from the statue and sent for a chemical analysis. Speaking with Las Cruces Sun News, Bishop Oscar Cantu said it has been determined that it is a scented olive oil. The oil is considered sacred when blessed and is used to anoint parishioners and priests.
He further said,"Some of the witnesses claimed it smelled of roses, so something similar to the oil I bless and consecrate each year that we use for baptism, for confirmations and for ordination of the priests.We examined the interior of the hollow statue. There's nothing on the interior that's not supposed to be there, except for cobwebs. So we took pictures; we examined it.
Church officials looked to the Mexican manufacturers to see if there was any fluid that could have lingered from the building process. Wax was found to be used in the process but is 'so hot that all of the wax melts away," Cantú asserted.
He continued:"In that process, they assured us there would be no possibility of any moisture to remain in the bronze. So those are some of the facts that we have established.
Although many visitors have flocked to the church tpo see for themselves, some can't help but wonder if it is all a hoax.
Cantu had this say on the issue:"But even if it were (a hoax), we are not sure how it would be done, physically,' he said. 'Because it is hardened bronze. We've examined the interior, and there's nothing on the interior."
Hoping that the tears are supernatural, Cantú said that the church will determine whether or not the sign is a good one or an evil one. They will do this by observing whether people have reported good things since seeing the tears.
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