Christians are scrambling to enter a tiny village in India to collect "holy water" seeping from a statue of Jesus Christ after word of the so-called miracle spread last week.
Residents of the Indian village of Kharodi earlier noticed that water was seeping from the feet of a statue of Jesus Christ at St. Anthony's Parish. When Christians surged into the tiny village in their bid to collect water in bottles, police had to be called in to control the crowd, the Mirror details.
According to Greg Pereira, who is from the nearby town of Malwani, Christian worshippers traveled far just to see the alleged miracle with their own eyes. Although the Catholic Church has not verified the incident, it believes that miracles are from God.
"The pictures and videos of the statue soon went viral as devotees from Andheri and Bandra rushed to the spot to check for themselves," said Pereira. "We also saw people from far-off suburbs collecting holy water from the feet."
In a similar incident a few months ago, churchgoers were surprised to see tears falling from the face of a Madonna statue at the Campus Santiago Apostle in the Catholic University of Honduras. Fr. Juan Angel Lopez of the Iglesia Santo Domingo Savio church admitted that the cause of the "miracle" was still unknown, but ascertained that it is by no means a fake, the Express reports.
"I'm not saying it's true, I'm saying it's possible," Fr. Lopez told Honduras website La Prensa in an interview. "In this case, I suspect that there is no falsehood because I know people who run the Campus Santiago Apostle."
"I know the seriousness of people who have recorded the video and do not think they would fake it," the priest added.
The unusual occurrence was first spotted by visitors at the campus. A video shows tears welling up from the Madonna statue's eyes before falling down its cheek. Fr. Lopez is also seen using a tissue to gently wipe away the falling tears.