ARCHBISHOP John Bathersby of Brisbane has announced an investigation into reports of weeping and bleeding religious statues, pictures and crucifixes after thousands of people started flocking to witness the strange phenomena at the Vietnamese Catholic Centre at Inala, in the city’s west.
A 60cm tall statue of Our Lady at the centre began shedding rose-scented tears on May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
Since then, other amazing events have been reported by the Vietnamese community in Inala.
Other statues and pictures that have been placed around the original statue have started oozing the rose-scented oil, a number of people have said they saw a crucifix pulsating and others have reported healings.
Vietnamese chaplain Fr Joseph Nguyen Thanh Liem said the plaster statue of Our Lady was purchased five weeks earlier from Christian Supplies in Brisbane.
It started weeping after a meeting and Mass he celebrated for the Legionaries of Mary on the evening of May 13.
He said the statue had been placed in a locked glass cabinet and he was the only person with the key, and yet it continued to weep.
Mercy Sister Maria Nga Vu said she and other people witnessed the statue and a crucifix bleeding on May 21.
Archbishop Bathersby has appointed judicial vicar Fr Adrian Farrelly to lead a team which will investigate the unusual occurrences at Inala.
Fr Farrelly is an expert in canon law and has served as a priest in the archdiocese for 31 years.
He said there were many reports of such phenomena around the world, but that the Church was cautious about declaring them miraculous.
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