A statue of the Virgin Mary shocked devotees in Argentina when a red liquid was seen flowing from its eye, down to its face.
The statue was placed in its usual place at a family chapel in Los Naranjos, Argentina, when the unusual phenomenon was noticed.
It has now been transferred to the local Catholic Church where more devotees can have access to it.
Church officials are waiting for the statue to” weep” again so they can report it as a miracle, priest Ricardo Quiroga explained.
A lot of people come here to pray and light several candles devoted to the Virgin. The first impression is that it is blood on the face of the Virgin, from the left eye. Also, the dress she is wearing is also totally stained this same red colour. If she cries again, we need to do something at a high level in the church. Maybe we would need to send her to be evaluated.
A number of Catholic faithfuls, including the priest, see it as a sign calling Catholics to a life of holiness during this lenten period. He said:
The Virgin is asking us to change the way we live now for Lent.
The owner of the statue revealed to local news that prior to the occurrence, the Virgin Mary had visited him in a dream. He said:
It was the first time something like this has happened and I was very scared. I thought it was some kind of punishment.