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Pope comments on Virgin Mary statue 'tears of blood' controversy

By T.K. Randall
June 5, 2023 · Comment icon 16 comments

Pope Francis maintained that some apparitions 'are not real'. Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Tania Rego/ABr
The pontiff's intervention came in response to the case of a woman who is under investigation for allegedly faking 'miracles'.
Maria Giuseppe Scarpulla is certainly no stranger to divine intervention - for many years she had attracted considerable crowds to a statue of the Virgin Mary at a park near Lake Bracciano where various miracles, including the weeping of tears of blood, had allegedly occurred.

While many of those in attendance had prayed to the statue for healing, local bishop Marco Salvi recently called upon people to boycott the scene while an investigation could be carried out.

According to reports, several of Scarpulla's followers had complained that they had been scammed and a private investigator found evidence to suggest that the blood on the statue was from a pig.

Scarpulla herself has a history of dubious conduct including bankruptcy fraud and had set up a foundation accepting donations that she claimed would go towards setting up a children's center.
As things stand, she still attends the statue at the park, but her audience is significantly reduced.

"Don't look there," Pope Francis recently stated during an interview.

"There are images of the Madonna that are real, but the Madonna has never drawn [attention] to herself. I like to see her with her finger pointing up to Jesus."

"When Marian devotion is too self-centred, it's not good. Both in the devotion and in the people who carry it forward."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (16)

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Comment icon #7 Posted by eight bits 11 months ago
When I composed the post, I foresaw that I might crticize what the Pope said. Thus, I wanted to be on secure ground about what he actually said. The Guardian has in the past pimped fake quotes, most notably the much-improved English language version of the "God letter" from Albert Einstein to Eric Gutkind. A lot of people fell for that one, and to this day, the fake version is widely available on the internet. Screw me once, shame on you. Screw me twice, shame on me. ANSA is a well regarded consortium of Italian media outlets with a strong record of reliable Vatican coverage.  
Comment icon #8 Posted by HollyDolly 11 months ago
Never heard of this one. that some of these  things, like the appearence of the Virgin Mary at Zeuiton in Egypt,m was real, others  are not, and easy to fake in the case of weeping or bleeding statues. And  if you read about Our Lady in Egypt, it was seen , not just by christians, Coptic, Orthodox and Roman Catholics, but by muslims, and other people, including protestants, like tourists (a mixed bag of beliefs)and non believers.. No message was given, but she blessed the crowds and was seen praying for them. There are certain  ones that are approved by the church, like Lourdes and Fatima.... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by pellinore 11 months ago
How interesting. I like to learn about new stuff. Do you have a link to anything on the Guardian article/interpretation on the letter- I can't find anything.
Comment icon #10 Posted by pellinore 11 months ago
When you say "real" I take it you mean widely reported, not "real" in the sense of actually occurring?
Comment icon #11 Posted by eight bits 11 months ago
Here's the Uncertaintist blog's coverage of the issue: The stories span the 2008 auction (the source of the flawed translation promoted by the Guardian), the e-Bay 2012 auction (where the letter reportedly failed to sell at a minimum bid of $ 3 million), and the 2018 Christie's auction (which did realize almost $ 3 million). The briefest summary of the difficulty is probably this piece: which was, to my knowledge,... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Piney 11 months ago
Real in the sense of a case of mass hysteria and a atmospheric event. The pictures are all doctored or outright forgeries.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Wepwawet 11 months ago
Does Monsignor Bergoglio even have any authority to "pontificate" on this. If one were to believe in "miracles" you might as well believe that Bergoglio is the Pope, or even a Catholic, or even a Christian.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Abramelin 11 months ago
The Pope says this, the Pope says that.... Who cares what the Pope says about anything? Or the Dalai Lama? Or some ayatollah or mullah?   The Pope is just some old fossil leading a child abusing, women hating, anti-semitic and hypocritic cult that spread across the earth like the plague. It's about time we get rid of mind-plagues like this.  
Comment icon #15 Posted by Piney 10 months ago
Comment icon #16 Posted by OverSword 10 months ago
You're asking that about the Daily Mail's opposite twin 

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