Virgin Mary icon ‘crying tears of oil’ in France

8/3/2010
by Daily Telegraph, London
Esat Altindagoglu has been inundated with more than 50 visitors a day hoping to see the “miracle” at his house near Paris.

The one-foot high painting was given to his wife Sevin by a Lebanese priest on her birthday in 2006, the Turkish-born salesman said.

It began weeping oil on February 12 this year, and had been “crying” every day since, he claimed.

He said: “As word spread, people started arriving from France, then from all over Europe.

“I’ve been having between 50 and 60 people a day turning up for more than three weeks now.”
An Orthodox priest had now agreed to say mass at his home in Garges-les-Gonesse this week to thank the Virgin Mary, Mr Altindagoglu said.

He added: “Apparently the next step is to have to weeping witnessed by a bishop so the miracle can be officially recognized by the church.”

Over the centuries there have been hundreds of incidents of statues said to have wept blood, oil or water.
But the only one ever approved as a miracle by the Pope was Our Lady of Akita in Japan, in 1973, with all the others ruled out as hoaxes.

If this is a Orthodox icon in possession of a Orthodox believer, I don’t understand why the last paragraph of this article speaks as if the Pope of Rome has the final say if it’s truly miraculous or not. Well, I suppose it must be World Orthodoxy Ecumenism confusing the press again.

A communique in French of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Europe regarding this report may be found here:
http://www.antiocheurope.org/Communiques-Fr.html
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