July 14th, 2012
01:30 PM ET

Faithful flock to 'bleeding' Virgin Mary

(CNN)–Dozens of believers gather on the lawn of a Baton Rouge family after their statue of the Virgin Mary appears to bleed. CNN affiliate WBRZ reports.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. UK Dave & my fellow faithful scientists

    I've made the very powerful argument!
    You cannot overcome the very powerful argument!
    The very powerful argument is;
    You cannot overcome GIRLY LYNX ATTRACT!

    July 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
    • mafia don

      So smooth GIRLY LYNX ATTRACT! 🙂
      I tried it already! 🙂 🙂

      July 14, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Why does Mafia Don only respond to UK Dave?

      This is such an unlikely coincidence, that it suggests some kind of connection between the two.

      July 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  2. warmesTghosT

    Such paltry miracles "God" is capable of these days.

    I hear a couple thousand years ago "He" was capable of global genocide, wanton infanticide, forced divine procreation and eternal torture.

    Odd how the advent of recorded history, science and modern record keeping have so drastically reduced the reported incidences of events involving the divine.

    How inexplicable. It's almost as though such concepts are entirely conceptual and based on the supersti-tions and ignorance of those who espouse them as fact.

    One is compelled to wonder...

    July 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • MReynolds

      It is rather a let-down, isn't it? Almighty GOD, creator of the incomprehensibly vast cosmos, Beyond space and time, reduced to appearing in pan-fried foods and oozing from cheap plaster statues. Oh the shame...

      July 14, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
    • another fizzle

      Maybe he's just getting old and senile – forgotten how to do all those wonderful things.

      July 15, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  3. MReynolds

    I guess she's not a virgin anymore since she's bleeding. Oh... Wrong place.

    July 14, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • Mirosal

      Ok, that is probably one of the funniest posts I have seen in quite a while on here!!! Great timing

      July 14, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • Woody

      *rim shot*

      July 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  4. Satan is waitin!

    Who hur saw duh leprechaun!? Leme huurr ya says yeah! If yall seen fa leprecaun!

    July 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
  5. MReynolds

    I made a quesadilla the other day. It had an image of Jesus formed by some burned, melted cheese. It too bled human blood. But that was probably due the the bit of my finger that got smashed into it when I closed the lid of my quesadilla maker.

    July 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
  6. MReynolds

    "Faithful flock to..." followed by "Dozens of believers..." Are you kidding me CNN? I expected a story about thousands of delusional humans descending on a cave or quaint church in some unfortunate Spanish or Italian town. How disappointing.

    July 14, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  7. Mirosal

    So, no one can touch it. What is this guy hiding? I wonder why someone doesn't sneak in at night, get a sample small enough for a slide, then under the microscope it goes.. then ALL will know just what a farce it is.

    July 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
    • Satan is waitin!

      Too much work when we already know it's a hoax. Obvious hoax is obvious.

      July 14, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • Mirosal

      Religion itself is a hoax, but billions still buy into it. Guess we need to make it more obvious?

      July 14, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
  8. Colin

    Who is more likely to be suckered into believing that a statue can bleed human blood?

    a. An atheist; or

    b. A Christian

    Says it all.

    July 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
  9. Just Claims, No Truth

    The catholic church is going after a sceptic in India that proved a 'crying' statue was due to a leaky pipe. Now they are trying to have him arrested and he is on the lamb. They get mad when you mess with their delusions.

    July 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • Mirosal

      I didn't know the catholic church had any legal authority outside of the Vatican anymore? What are they going to do, prosecute the guy for exposing what a crock the church actually is?

      July 14, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
    • Just Claims, No Truth

      It's not the church per se but they are supporting the Indian authorities charging him with blasphemy.


      July 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • Mirosal

      There's no blasphemy if he's right .. it's just fear the church has about investigations that show the hoax of the church... much like Galileo.

      July 14, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • TonyBurgeBiz

      This is why I completely disagree with the "expert" CNN had from the Religious Studies department. It is not just about what it means to those who believe. It is about what these people do when they get afraid and form a mob mentality to charge people with blasphemy when they prove a leaky pipe is the cause of one such "phenomenon". Such charges in India are punishable by death.

      July 15, 2012 at 9:16 am |
  10. BittyKitty

    I like how nobody is allowed to touch it. No taking samples of it to make sure it really is blood people!! This is a holy relic!

    July 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  11. Moby Schtick

    The real question here is why does CNN use a photo shot through wrinkled, clear tape? Act like a premier news organization, you tossers.

    July 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  12. Nope!

    Why all the hoopla about the bloody statue? Get some tests done on the "blood-stain"! Are you atheists worried to approach it? Heck, it wont hurt you, since you don't' believe it. Here is your chance to prove the religious lunatics wrong! LOL!

    Seriously.... that's' no new thing! It happened before!

    There are few possibilities:

    Bird droppings...they do eat berries, you know...
    prank of a sleepless teenager, prowling in the night....
    a ture "miracle" erformed by satan himself, because it is a small thing for him to do such things. He gets plenty of desired results!

    July 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • Nope!

      *a true "miracle" performed by satan himself

      July 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • Yesenia No

      Why must atheists prove it? The religious people made the claim. The burden of proof is on them.

      And even if we were allowed to test it, they would say that God transubstantiated the blood into poop just to fool us atheists.

      July 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • Nope!

      YN, nope! You oughta really go after them! And don't let them wiggle their way out of that one!!! LOL!

      July 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • Mickey1313

      Nope, they won't allow it to be touched/tested, because it would prove that like every other alleged miracle, it is a flat out fraud. Theists are so gullible

      July 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
  13. Brock


    July 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Yesenia No

      But very funny! Watch the video, there are a few spots where you can see it is poop.

      God bless poop! Hail poop, full of grace!

      July 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      Did you hear the one about the Canadian that minded its own F'n business?

      July 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      You won't they can't help themselves.

      July 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Poly Math

      I prayed and prayed that a bird would poop on a statue, and my prayers were answered. Hallelujah!

      July 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Prayer changes things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things, proven by the responses above.

      July 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Al

      Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Give a man a religion and he starves to death praying for fish.

      July 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • just sayin

      Like when the disciples caught so many fish that the nets were tearing? Or when the boy who gave a few small fish saw thousands fed through the power of prayer? God bless

      July 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • just sayin

      The Bible is true because the Bible says it is true. Case closed, mind closed.

      July 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Rodney quick with out looking at a map is Canada east or west of the US?

      July 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      "The Bible is true because Bible says it is true"
      It is true, because God says it is!
      It is the Spirit of God who testifies to it, whom the world does not know! But those who belong to God KNOW Him and recognize His voice.

      July 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Just Claims, No Truth

      "It is true, because God says it is!"

      And where does god say it's true?

      Oh in the bible?

      Well that settles it then. No circular reasoning here folks, move along.

      July 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!;

      July 15, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Nope!

      @ parrot who calls himself Jesus

      You copy and paste your crummy post on just about every blog! Is that all you have between your ears?... a little narrow, shallow bird-brain? LOL!

      July 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why aren't you giving your pals just lyin' and Atheism is not healthy the same advice, dip?

      July 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  15. Alien Orifice

    Trivia question: What award winning musical used Matthew 23:29-36 as the lyrical foundation for one of it's best songs?

    I will give you a hint, the same writer also penned the Tony nominated musical "Wicked".

    July 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      Give up? It is "Godspell". Great musical.

      July 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Orifice, you forgot to post Matthew 27:20-26.


      July 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  16. Beware sudden death of the dread Ninja Throwing Spork!

    Had to go to another website to view the video, but that's definitely bird poop.

    They are worshiping poop. Those people are actually standing there worshiping the miracle of poop.

    It's moments like these that I put all that abuse scandal stuff aside and just love Catholics!

    July 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Alien Orifice


      July 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  17. Mary's period blood cures athlete's foot!

    Praise blue eyed baby jesus!!!!!!!!!

    July 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  18. Moby Schtick

    Look, CNN, here's your chance. Get a decent reporter down there to do some digging into the phenomenon. Heck, I'll do it if you'll just cover the expenses. There's a rational reason why this is occurring-perhaps some sort of rusting or some chemical reaction? The point is, the reason is there, so get of your azz and go find it and report it. Seriously, CNN.

    July 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Reality

      From p. 1:

      Obviously, said worshippers have never seen bird droppings in the area where said birds eat a lot of berries e.g.

      "Different Kinds of Berries
      It is a long list of berries that you may have never even heard of!

      Edible Berries

      Few berries come under the sub-category of cane fruit, like: •Blackberries: These are the most common types of false berries found in UK. These are small dark, purple berries that are found as a major ingredient in jams and pies. They have high Vitamin C level.
      •Raspberries: These are small, tightly packed red false berries found during summer or autumn. They are used to make jams, jellies, pies and ice creams. They have high Vitamin C and manganese content. They also contain Vitamin K and magnesium.
      •Cloudberry: These are small brown colored berries that ripen in autumn. They are used to make jams, juices, tarts and liqueurs. They are high in Vitamin C content and has benzoic acids that act as natural preservative.
      •Boysenberry: These are deep maroon colored, glossy, large, juicy berries that are a cross between raspberries, blackberries and loganberries. They are used as pie fillings and to decorate cheesecakes and tarts.
      •Marionberries: These are a cross between Chehalem and Ollallieberry cultivars. It is glossy and darker than blackberries. It is used to prepare pies, ice creams, jellies, etc.
      •Tayberries: These are a cross between a blackberry and raspberry. These are very fragrant and soft berries. They are used to prepare jams.

      Few berries that are sub-classified as bush fruits are given below. •Blackcurrant: This popular flavored berry is like the red currant in appearance. It is used in jams, pies, ice creams, tarts, etc. Blackcurrant is packed with high Vitamin C content. It also has high levels of potassium, phosphorous, iron and Vitamin B5.

      •Bilberry: Bilberries are edible berries that are closely related to blueberries and huckleberries. They are nearly black in color with a slight hue of purple. The pulp is red or purple in color and can stain your fingers while eating the raw fruit. They are very difficult to cultivate and fruits are generally collected from the wild. They are used in different jams and dishes or eaten raw.
      •Blueberries: They are dark-blue or purple in color. These come under the false berry type. They are used in jams, purée, juice, pies and muffins. They contain high levels of antioxidants and can help prevent many diseases, like stomach ailments, heart degeneration and heart diseases.
      •Chokecherry: Also called bitter-berry or Virginia bird cherry they are closely related to Black cherry. They have a very sour, astringent taste. The ripe berries have a dark color and are not very astringent in taste. The red colored berries are not yet fully ripe and may be very sour to taste. They are used to make jelly, jam and syrup. They require a lot of sugar or sweeteners for preservation as they are slightly bitter in taste.
      •Gooseberries: These are small, round, oblong or teardrop sha-ped berries. They have a variety of colors like red, green and purple. Gooseberries are used to prepare gooseberry tarts, pies, puddings and fruit salads. Gooseberries are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, and manganese.
      •Red Currants: These are small round red or white berries that are used in making jams, tarts and salads. They have high Vitamin C, iron, potassium and fiber content.

      Berries that are classified into small fruits are given below. •Strawberries: These are the most popular fruits eaten all over the world. They are made to prepare a number of culinary dishes like jams, ice creams, coulis , tarts, pies, milk shakes, etc. Strawberries contain high Vitamin C, manganese and folic acid levels.

      •Gra-pes: Say gra-pes and you think of wine! Gra-pes are loaded with Vitamin A, C and B6. They also contain potassium, calcium, magnesium and folic acid. Gra-pes are the main ingredients for making wines.Try making homemade gra-pe jellies, they taste excellent.

      •Acai Berries: These small, round black berries are the biggest cash crops of Brazil. They are used in juices, smoothies and other beverages. These berries are known for their antioxidant properties.
      •Goji Berries: They are usually found dried and shriveled and are similar to red resins in appearance. They are also known as wolf berries. They are usually cooked before consumption. They are used to prepare herbal tea, wines, rice congee, goji juice, etc. They contain 11 essential and 22 trace dietary minerals, 18 amino acids, 6 essential vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, dietary fiber, etc. The list is endless!

      •Cranberries: These are epigynous berries that are white when unripe and turn red on ripening. They are used to make juices, sauces, wines, etc. There are many cranberry health benefits that have been recently discovered. They contain moderate levels of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, minerals and manganese.
      •Elderberries: Also called Sambucus, these small, dark berries grow in clusters. They are black to blue in color. They are used in jams, cake mix, muffins and syrups. They are a good source of anthocyanins and antioxidants.
      •Huckleberries: Do not confuse the name Huckleberry with Huckleberry Finn. It is no way associated to the fictional character created by Mark Twain. This is a small round berry that looks and tastes similar to blueberries. They come in colors ranging from deep crimson to eggplant purple. They are used to make excellent jams, pies, syrups and preservatives.
      •Juneberry: These red berries turn blue-black on ripening. They are similar to the size of blueberries. They are easily distinguished by the crown on the end, away from the stock. They are great to make jams, muffins, cobblers,etc.
      •Juniper berries: These berries are false berries that are actually modified cones. They berries are green in color and on ripening turn to purple-black. They are used to season pork, cabbage and sauerkraut. They are also used to prepare gin.
      •Lingonberries: They are also called cowberry, foxberry and mountain cranberry. Lingonberry is actually a false berry that is red in color. It is used to make lingonberry jam, juice, syrup, compote, sauce, etc. It is rich in Vitamin C, provitamin-A, Vitamin B (B1, B2, B3), potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
      •Loganberries: This is a ruby-red, blackberry sha-ped berry. It is a very sweet, juicy berry that turns purple-red when ripe. They are used to prepare juices. Loganberries contain Vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, fiber and carbohydrates.
      •Mulberries: They remind me of the popular nursery rhyme, 'Here we go round the Mulberry bush'. This is a multiple fruit which has red, purple or black fruits. It is used to prepare pies, tarts, cordials, jams and 'sherbats'.
      •Ollaliberries: These are a cross between loganberries and youngberries. Ollaliberries look similar to blackberries. They are used to make jams, toppings for ice creams and yogurt, etc.
      •Sea-buckthorn Berries: These are orange color berries that are soft, juicy and rich in oil. There are many nutritional benefits of sea buckthorn oil.They are used to make pies, jams, lotions and liquors. It has high Vitamin C, carotenoids, Vitamin E, amino acids, dietary minerals, β-sitosterol.
      •Serviceberries: This berry-like pome is red to purple in color. It is a sweet berry that is used to make pies and jams.
      •Chokeberries: The fruit is a small pome and has a very bitter flavor. There are two species of chokeberries, red chokeberry and black chokeberry. The purple chokeberry is a hybrid of the above two. It is used to make juices, jam, wine, etc. It is also used as a flavoring and coloring agent. It is high in Vitamin C and antioxidants.
      •Bearberries: These are reddish or brown in color. They have many medicinal uses, like its consumption lowers the uric acid content in the body. It also helps bring relief from pain due to kidney stones. Herbal tea made from bearberries are used to cure nephritis.
      •Nannyberry: These are seasonal drupes that are blue-black in color. They are eaten by many birds and animals.
      •Crowberry: These are dry black berries very similar to blueberry in taste and appearance. They are used as natural food dye, pie and jelly. The Native Americans use them to heal sore eyes. They have low vitamin content and high water content.
      •Salmonberry: The ripen fruit has a sweet taste and it is yellow to orange-red in color. They are made into jams, candies, jellies and wines. The Native Americans eat these edible wild berries along with half-dried salmon roe, hence the name. Salmonberries are also called thimbleberries.
      •Barberry: The barberry fruit is a small berry that is red or dark blue in color. Barberries are long and narrow fruits like a bar, hence the name barberry. They are used to make jams and infusions. They are rich in Vitamin C.
      •Wild Rose: These are red and oval berries, also known as rosehips. They are the pomaceous fruits of rose plants. They are rich in Vitamin C content.
      •Oregon Gra-pe: They have a gra-pe-like appearance and are purple or blue in color. They look as if they are covered in powder. They are known to be anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial in nature.
      •Indian Plum: They have dark-blue or plum color and were thought to have medicinal properties by the Native Americans.
      •Tomato: These common kitchen ingredients are botanically classified as a berry. Tomatoes are the most common garden fruits that are used in number of culinary delights.

      List of Different Berries – Poisonous Berries •Baneberry: Baneberries or bugbane are produced on a flowering plant that belongs to the family Ranunculaceae, called Actaea. The berries are the most poisonous part of the plant as they contain cardiogenic toxins. These toxins affect the cardiac muscle tissues that leads to cardiac arrect and death. The baneberries have a waxy, shiny appearance and are either red or white in color.
      •Holly: These beautiful berries that are used to decorate our homes on Christmas are actually mildly toxic. When ingested they may cause vomiting and diarrhea. Holly berries are red in color.
      •Privet: These mildly poisonous berries are black in color. The plants have purple colored flowers.
      •Yew: These red or blue berries have poisonous seeds. In case it is necessary to consume these berries for survival, make sure you do not ingest the poisonous seeds.
      •Daphne: The berries of this plant having sweet-smelling green or pink flowers are poisonous.
      •Pokeberry: These dark purple berries are poisonous to humans, whereas birds are able to ingest them. They are also called pokeweed, pokebush.
      •Doll's Eyes: This berry is large and white and has a black mark that gives it the appearance of an eye. Doll's eyes are highly poisonous.
      •Jerusalem Cherry: These poisonous berries are often confused for cherry tomatoes".

      July 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Moby Schtick


      Fvck off. If you want to claim that the statue's "blood" are bird droppings than do so with a reasonable statement. You're annoying and everybody hates your bullsh!t posts.

      July 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Johnny Blammo

      As an atheist, I too find Reality to be a cut-and-paste idiot.

      July 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Reality

      Being quite reasonable, obviously, said worshippers have never seen bird droppings in the area where said birds eat a lot of berries.

      With respect to reiteration:

      As we "thu-mp" along with rational thinking, conclusions and reiteration to counter the millennia of false and flawed religious history and theology!!!------––

      July 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Yes realityNot, your seeds where taken by the birds.

      July 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      The bird was just trying to get her pregnant again.

      July 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm |

      Moby Schtick

      July 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Profane or not, Moby's response to 'Reality' is nevertheless understandable.

      The extraordinarily long posts by 'Reality' are tediously repeti-tious.

      July 14, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
  19. Jake

    the good old visit from aunt flo............

    July 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  20. Beware sudden death of the dread Ninja Throwing Spork!

    God makes statues bleed and Jesus' face appear on a WalMart receipt, but he doesn't make cancer go away.

    God has some very weird priorities.

    July 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Mickey1313

      God also created aids, hpv, herpes, and mental disorders. One f_ed up being

      July 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
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