The figurine, which belongs to a family in the country’s Salta province, attracted a great deal of attention after its owners revealed on a local radio station that it had been crying tears of blood.
But are the tears really a miracle ? Priest Julio Rail Mendez, who believes that the statue should be properly investigated by the church, has warned that people should not jump to conclusions.
After all, crying statues have been cropping up everywhere over the last few years.
“The first thing the church does is to do a scientific analysis to see if there is a natural explanation,” he said. “Only then, the possibility of a supernatural phenomenon is considered.”
A news report about the statue can be viewed below. While the dialogue is in Spanish, the footage includes several shots of the figurine itself as well as of visitors flocking to catch a glimpse of it.