An image of the Sto. Niño in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental reportedly wept blood.

Authorities of the Catholic Church have been very careful in their approach and treatment of weeping statues, and generally set very high barriers for their acceptance.

So far, a very small number of weeping statues have been recognized by the Catholic Church, e.g. in Syracuse Sicily the 1949 shedding of tears from a statue was recognized by the Catholic bishops of Sicily on August 29, 1953. Our Lady of Akita shown below was declared as worthy of belief by the Holy Office in 1988, and remains the only weeping statue recognized by the Holy Office.

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