Catholics have flocked to a tree in Fresno, California because they believe it is weeping God's tears.
People started to gather at the otherwise unremarkable Crape Myrtle tree on Wednesday when parishioner Maria Ybarra first reported drops of liquid falling from it. As word got around more and more people turned up, attracting the attention of local news crews. "When you say ‘glory be to God in Jesus’ name’ the tree starts throwing out more water," said Ybarra.
Fresno arborist Jon Reelhorn however believes there is a more down-to-earth explanation for the mysterious drips - tree lice excrement. "The aphides will suck the sap, the sap goes through the aphid and then it is a honey dew excrement from the aphid and it gets so heavy in the summertime that it will drip down," he said.
This hasn't stopped people gathering to pray at the tree however. "I can tell you looking at it from a scientific standpoint and a spiritual standpoint it is the work of God manifesting here on earth," parishioner Ybarra argued.
"Ybarra was the first person to feel the drops of liquid, which began falling from the Crape Myrtle tree on Wednesday."
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