‘Weeping’ Mary statue in northern Israel attracts thousands of pilgrims

(JNS.org) The small town of Tarshiha in northern Israel is attracting thousands of visitors anxious to see a statue of Virgin Mary that local residents claim is "weeping" oil.

Osama Khoury said Tuesday that he and his wife Amira recently found the statue "covered with oil." Amira said the statue "spoke to her" and told her not to be afraid. Later, the Christian couple's neighbor claimed to have also witnessed the oil and spread the word. According to the witnesses, an oil "tear" rolls down the statue's cheek.

About 2,000 people have visited the town to see the statue over the past week, the Associated Press reported.

Posted on February 12, 2014 .