A sculpture of Mary in a city close to Rome has attracted giant crowds of spectators lately
A Catholic bishop in Italy has requested worshippers to not attend occasions to view a Virgin Mary statue alleged to shed tears of blood, saying the church remains to be investigating “supernatural” claims concerning the icon.
In a press launch issued on Thursday, Bishop Marco Salvi of the Diocese of Civita Castellana, situated 65 kilometers (40 miles) north of Rome, urged individuals to keep away from viewings of the so-called Madonna of Trevignano sculpture, noting the continuing probe into the matter.
“In reference to the alleged supernatural phenomena at Trevignano Romano, I inform you that the Diocesan Fee, constituted by me and in cost, remains to be working to… attain an general and definitive judgment on the a part of the church,” the bishop stated of the statue.
Salvi went on to state that Catholics shouldn’t “manage public conferences… that give the impression or certainty that the church has authenticated the info of Trevignano,” including “the devoted will not be suggested to take part in such occasions till there’s a definitive pronouncement by the accountable authority.”
In line with native media reviews, the Trevignano statue is owned by a 53-year-old girl named Gisella Cardia, a “self-styled soothsayer” who holds month-to-month occasions to indicate off the allegedly supernatural bust.
Regardless of an ongoing police investigation following complaints concerning the sculpture – in addition to an order to demolish a sanctuary constructed for Cardia’s viewings – she stated she “gained’t budge an inch” and can proceed to host the occasions. She has developed a big following within the 5 years since she began holding the gatherings, the place she typically factors out ‘apparitions’ to spectators, reminiscent of blood-red tears alleged to seep from the Virgin Mary statue.
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