Weeping Madonna attracted floods of pilgrims to Auditore, Italy
(ANSA) – Auditore, July 17 – Blood streaming from the eyes of a statue of the Virgin Mary which attracted crowds of pilgrims to the small Italian town of Auditore in recent days was only deer blood, medical examinations have showed.
Tears of blood were first spotted last week falling from the eyes of the Our Lady of Lourdes statue, kept in a chapel in the town in Marche, central Italy.
However medical experts in Ancona have discovered that the blood is from a deer or similar animal.
As it now appears the blood was the result of a prank, Auditore’s mayor said he would file a complaint for causing alarm, due to the number of people that arrived in the town to see the weeping statue.