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L? The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 i! :i I against exaggerated devotions to Mary ONO News Service NS)- Priests against exagger- to Mary, said an investigating of a miracle in miles north of aMarian statue Rome, have shed tears of included self- declared seers devotion" to ciaiming to it is not at have seen ap- as worship of paritions of t he Trinity, said Mary over the Grillo of Civi- niche site and people saying false ex- they wit- narrow-mind- nessed mirac- to guide with ulous cures at popular devo- the site. in an April 24 The bishop was initially be encouraged highly skepti- ', who gave her cal after re- to God," the ports of crying began circu- the warning lating. But he that religious later said that to the statue "construc- action in which on the spe- the Mother of tery of Christ Vas written as ed vis- of the Fabio Gregori family in Civitavecchia to see the empty niche where a 17-inch plaster statue of Mary is said to have cried tears of blood several times in early February. Visitors to the city, about 45 While a "spe- cial devotion" to Mary is le- gitimate, it is not at the . same level as worship of Christ and the Trinity. he also saw the statue cry tears of blood on March 15 while he was holding it. Bishop Grillo told Catholic News Service April 25 that the statue is still in his possession and he does not know yet when it will be placed on public dis- play again. The bishop formed a theolog- ical commission to study the possibility of a supernatural event after a series of scientific tests he ordered showed that the liquid falling from the statue's eyes was human male blood. Parallel sci- entific tests, including X- rays and CAT scans, were ordered by local judicial authorities in- vestigating possible fraud. These showed that there were no cavities or special equip- ment inside that could have held and secreted liq- uid. These tests also showed that the liquid was human male blood. Newspaper reports have said that judicial officials are con- sidering taking blood tests of the male members of the Gre- gori family and Bishop Grillo to see if it matches with the blood taken from the statue. Bishop Grillo said he has not been asked to give a blood sample and would have to think about complying if asked. Initially, the bishop had hoped to place the statue in a special niche in the parish church of the Gregori family on Good Friday, April 14. But ju- dicial authorities ordered the temporary sealing of the statue in a closet in the bishop's resi- dence pending analysis of the scientific tests done on the statue. The Gregori family was given the statue by their parish priest, Father Pablo Martin, who brought it from Medjugorje, a site in Bosnia- Herzegovina where Marian ap- paritions allegedly have been occurring since 1981. At least 13 Marian statues or other religious objects al- legedly have cried in Italy since the beginning of 1995, but the Civitavecchia case is the only one being taken seri- ously by church and judicial of- ficials. Church and police officials have judged many of the other cases hoaxes. In some cases, arrests have been made. for : the Easter Vi! " EasterSun ...... :, INC. lie, IN s BANK mma'amR OI,IB m m WASHINGTON-SHOALS-LOOGOOTEE DUB01S COUNTY BANK MEMBER OLD NATIONAL BANCORP Member FDIC YOUR FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK " , ,i', ,, .... ,' ........ , .............. .... , ,i  ........ out "bib adv:ce and diioni" Hm slb- ! ling. Bishop Raymond :J.| Boland, heads theKansas| NEWS PUBLISHING CO. Tell City, IN Proud to be the printer for The Message & MILLER "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 AUTO TOPS. SEAT COVERS . BOAT COVERS I STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 I HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER | "EUGENE WELP, OWNER | -'-, ordered I I II TF,. .ox68 Montgomery, Indiana47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 government from i :!:! INSURANCE SERVICE AUto! Home! Fire & Life! : Personal Service Agent L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. klin Street 425-3187 ball International Jasper, Indiana @rganisf at St. Mary Catholic Church, for Sunday Mass 10 a.m. No need to be Catholic Renner (812) 486-3375 message to All Saints Catholic IN 47519 Regislralion egins 8:30 a.m. at singlon Square M.I! (I, ac[ entrance) and ends al L,.lla.d M,I! Food Court. Coupo. hooks for walker, Prizes [or lop lltree .'.lker, ra*siog the most money " Free t-shlrts for walkers with pledges of $50 or more. Regidralion Packets A.,.lai, le at: F, van,vdle Cl, rtd|an Life Cenler at (812) 423_9Z ,.dy, (Green Rive. Road) Schmtlt Photo (lasl side) ChicL-RI-A (EastI,,nJ Mall) Dell, el Temple (.t400 hncoh A,a.e) All proceeds Io bene[tl Ihe New hie llome (. mater.i- |y [tome [or young women in crisis pregnancy).