10.31.2005

Of Course She Isn't

Vietnamese Virgin Mary Statue "Not Crying": Catholic Church

from AFP

HANOI - The Catholic church in Vietnam has been forced to deny that a statue of the Virgin Mary is crying after thousands of people had flocked to observe the "miracle" at Ho Chi Minh City cathedral.

Rumours first spread late Saturday that the statue was crying in front of the cathedral, drawing thousands of the faithful and curious and creating serious traffic jams.

Monday morning, according to a witness contacted by telephone, around a thousand people were still gathered in front of the white statue but traffic was back to normal.

Some photographers were selling pictures of it featuring a "tear" on its right cheek.

"This is superstitious and fabricated news," said a source at the cathedral today, who requested anonymity, adding the statue had been left in the open for a long time and attributing the "tears" to rain and dust.

"Don't believe it!"

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