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Sunday, September 06, 2015

Suddenly calm, Antonina whispered: "The Madonna is weeping"



* September 6 – Weeping Madonna of Syracuse (Italy, 1953)  * Suddenly calm, Antonina whispered: "The Madonna is weeping" ----- A Moment with Mary --

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September 6 – Weeping Madonna of Syracuse (Italy, 1953) 

Suddenly calm, Antonina whispered: "The Madonna is weeping"


Images are from http://www.visionsofjesuschrist.com/weeping1.htm
Antonina and her husband Angelo Iannuso were very poor so they moved to Syracuse in Sicily (Italy), after their wedding to live with relatives. They kept a simple plaster plaque of the Virgin Mary, one of their wedding presents, above their bedstead. When Antonina became pregnant, she was very ill and had to stay in bed. She found her refuge in prayer, although Angelo mocked her for her faith.

On August 29, 1953, Antonina felt violent cramps but before anyone could call the doctor, she became suddenly calm and whispered: "The Madonna is weeping." Her aunt and her sister, as well as other relatives and neighbors, also witnessed tears flowing from the eyes of the Madonna on the plaster plaque.

Antonina witnessed the miracle of the tears falling from the Madonna’s eyes for several hours and wiped them away with cotton wool. The plaque was placed in the window, and the miracle was seen by priests and thousands of pilgrims for the next four days.

After investigation, the Sicilian episcopate recognized the supernatural origin of the phenomenon. The tears were found to be of the same composition as human tears. Today the Weeping Madonna of Syracuse is the newest shrine of Sicily, approved by Pope Pius XII in 1954. People come from all over the world to see this miracle. 

Adapted from: www.marypages.com