The Madonna of Tears of Syracuse
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The Madonna delle Lacrime di Siracusa refers to a miraculous event that took place in the Sicilian city in 1953.
On the night of August 29, 1953, in a humble house in Syracuse, where a modest couple of young married couples lived, the miracle of the tearing of the plaster effigy of the Virgin Mary took place, a small picture used as a bedside by the young couple. That tearing attracted doctors, priests, and analysts who became eyewitnesses to a second tearing event that occurred on September 1 of the same year. The scholars sent by the Provincial Health Authority to collect the material and analyze it, confirmed after careful and accurate analysis, that tears possessed all the characteristics of human tears.
November 6, 1994, Pope John Paul II officially recognized tears. of the Madonna delle Lacrime di Siracusa.
In memory of the miraculous event, the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Lacrime has been erected in Syracuse where a reliquary is kept. Inside the Sanctuary there is the Lacrimation Museum.