Hobbs

Diocese investigates ‘weeping’ statue of Mary

Catholics from across New Mexico and Texas have flocked to see a statue of the Virgin Mary said to be weeping tears. Parishioners first noticed the phenomenon at the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Hobbs, New Mexico, during Sunday Mass. Even after the statue’s face was wiped, they said, the tears reappeared.

“That’s when I saw that she really was crying,” Fr José Segura said. “I think it’s a remin­der for all of us to get closer to God and to stop being violent.” The Diocese of Las Cruces said it was investigating. “We try to take a scientific scepticism,” said Deacon Jim Winder, vice chancellor. “You can’t prove a miracle, but you can disprove all other explanations.”

Managua

Masked men fire mortar at Jesuit university

Masked men attacked security guards at the Jesuit-run University of Central America in Nicaragua last week. Fr José Alberto Idiaquez, the university rector, said the assailants arrived in vans and fired mortar shots at the guards. Their intent, he said, was to hurt or kill, “based on the charge of gunpowder used and the nearness of the shot”. He said the attackers were “armed with impunity guaranteed to them by the current government”.

The attack came during a week in which at least 15 people were killed during protests against the administration of Daniel Ortega. On Sunday Pope Francis prayed for an end to the violence, which followed a failed attempt by the bishops to mediate dialogue between the government and opposition groups.

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