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A miracle in Ohio… Mystery of library’s ‘crying’ statue of Virgin Mary

By Daily Mail Reporter
Updated: 03:39 EST, 3 February 2011

A small statue of the Virgin Mary is crying tears, claim a number of visitors to a small, non-descript building in Reading, Ohio.

Believers and non-believers alike have reported seeing the figurine, which lives in the back of a religious lending library, weep.

And footage filmed by WCPO TV, Cincinnati, at Our Lady Queen Of Reading station lends weight to the claim, as one teardrop is clearly visible on her cheek and another on her chin.
Crying: The tears on the statuette of the Virgin Mary can be seen on her chin and her cheek

Crying: The tears on the statuette of the Virgin Mary can be seen on her left chin and on the point of her cheek
Miracle: Both believers and non-believers have said the figurine is weeping

A woman called Doris, from Amberley village, who spoke to WCPO in Cincinnati, said: ‘I believe it’s true. They were there. I saw them. I would imagine it’s a miracle.’

Visitor Gayle Walker told WCPO: ‘I heard about it on the radio and I didn’t think much of it. Being here at work and we saw the line-up of people.

‘Out of curiosity I went over and looked and its unbelievable. It’s forming. The tear is there. It does not look like it’s water or anything. It’s real weird, very weird.’
Unremarkable: The shop in Reading, Ohio, would otherwise barely warrant a second glance. The owner was hoping to keep it a secret, fearing visitors would stop the crying

Mary-crying-reading-ohioUnremarkable: The shop in Reading, Ohio, would otherwise barely warrant a second glance. The owner was hoping to keep it a secret, fearing visitors would stop the crying
Tears: The Virgin is housed at a religious lending library in Reading, Ohio

Tears: The Virgin is housed at a religious lending library in Reading, Ohio

Another, called Lois, from Reading, said: ‘Well I have faith that it is. We can’t always be sure, but I prayed to her and I feel better about it and I’m glad I came.’

As news spreads about the crying statues, the shop is finding itself under siege with more and more daily visitors, some not all that concerned about borrowing religious books and videos.

The owner of the shop said he was hoping to keep it a secret for fear an increase in visitors would stop the crying.

People began claiming to see the tears about a week ago, when a visionary visited the library.

Another person suggested that the water works started after a rosary, which belonged to Reverend James Willig, who died nearly a decade ago, was put in her hands