May 23, 2016 - Reported in SpiritDaily.com from here. Also here. Hundreds of ecstatic pilgrims are flocking to a statue of the Virgin Mary believed to be crying a single tear of blood. Images of the statue with a red liquid dripping down its cheek have been shared on social media, prompting a mass pilgrimage to Floridablanca in Columbia. Locals believe they have witnessed a miracle and others are swarming to catch a glimpse.
Resident Ana Cristina Jimenez said: 'I saw that the Virgin had a tear of blood. I was surprised. I felt joyful, sad... everything!' Miryan Quintero, another woman from the community, added: 'I believe it. The Virgin is alive in Heaven. I know she's real.' An unnamed local said: 'Every day the neighbours pray in front of the Virgin Mary and yesterday they saw that she had a tear from her left eye.'People went to look at her closely and confirmed it was true. Many people have come to see it and have been stunned.'
The Catholic Church has not commented or participated in the unexpected mass pilgrimage, although the archbishop of the nearby city of Bucaramanga has asked people to be cautious. Local priest Jorge Eliecer Garcia said: 'People tend to rally in these situations that become pilgrimages or even business to some. But they also touch the hearts of people in one way or another.' Locals have demanded for representatives of the Catholic Church to come and clarify if it is indeed a miracle of if there is a scientific explanation for the situation.
May 23, 2016 - From here. Rough translation from Spanish.The Catholic Church has not made an official pronunciamineto about the event reported by parishioners. Hundreds of parishioners Zapamanga neighborhood in Floridablanca make a pilgrimage after, say, an image of the Virgin Mary crying blood. They have devotees who are accustomed to pray the rosary before the image could see how a tear of blood rolled down his left cheek image and landed on his chin being in sight the red mark on the face of the Virgin. Many believers in the Catholic faith attribute this to a miracle and a message from the mother of God. Antonia Ramirez is a resident of the neighborhood who used to pray the Rosary every community. "Her eyes were bright and full of tears as when one wants to mourn. This is a message to pray and we repent, so that we are more united with the family. " So far the Catholic Church has not made a statement on this fact that keeps assembled and surprised parishioners around the image, with many asking devotion to the Virgin.