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Video: Parishioners see Virgin Mary painting crying at Chicago church facing foreclosure

2019-09-10

People at a Chicago church facing foreclosure claim that a wall painting of the Virgin Mary overlooking the cathedral started weeping Sunday.

A caretaker at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church first noticed tears in the painting’s eyes, according to ABC News, which reports the fate of the more than 100-year-old church, which has spent roughly half its time at its current northwest-side location, could be decided at a Tuesday bankruptcy hearing.

The Rev. Nick Jonas wonders if the tears the caretaker saw could be a sign from God.

“I can’t explain why she is tearing, but I do know as human beings we are usually crying for two reasons: either joy or sorrow,” Jonas said.

The congregation raised $250,000 hoping to buy their church from the bank that holds its title, but that’s not enough, according to the report, which also said parishioners were rejected for a $1.6 million loan. There’s an offer of $2.5 million in place for the property, according to ABC.

Churchgoers claimed there was still moisture on the portrait’s face Monday, though an ABC reporter claimed the icon’s eyes were dry Monday night when the network’s camera crew showed up. The church estimated that 300 worshipers, including a nun from California, have come to see their weeping portrait.

The church, located seven miles straight west of historic Wrigley Field, could find another location at some point, according to Jonas, who is praying for another miracle.

“We are hoping that we will relocate perhaps not immediately, but we are hopeful that something good will come out of this,” he said.