`No doubt of the reality of the tears'
"THERE can be no doubt of the
I reality of the tears," said Cardinal Ruffin', Archbishop of Palermo, on Sunday after a meeting with the other Bishops of Sicily to discuss the "Weeping Madonna" statue at Syracuse.
The Cardinal's statement follows meetings of ecclesiastical authorities in Rome and Palermo, at which evidence taken from pilgrims visiting the statue was examined.
It was in August this year that the reputed "miracle of Syracuse" occurred, The plain terra-cotta statue of Our Lady stood above the bed in the home of a Sicilian wife. She claimed to see the statue weep, and said the tears splashed her forehead.
The tears continued for four days, and thousands of people, including many sick people, also claimed to have seen them.
Some of the sick also declared that they had been cured. In his statement, Cardinal Ruffini declares that chemical examination of the tears has proved them to be genuine.
He added that it is proposed to build a shrine for the statue.
The Sicilian Bishops' full report is now to be submitted to the Holy Office.