READING, Ohio - Some are calling it a miracle.
There is a statue of the Virgin Mary that appears to be crying tears inside a Reading shop.
In the back of the small shop is a statue of Mother Mary. It looks like she is weeping and there are two teardrops on her face.
The statue of Mother Mary crying inside Our Lady Queen of Reading religious lending library is bringing tears to some visitors' eyes.
"I believe it's true. They were there. I saw them. It's true. I would imagine it's a miracle," said one visitor from Amberley Village.
WCPO cameras were not allowed inside, but visitors snapped photos of the Virgin Mary.
There are two tear drops on her face, one rests on her chin, the other on her cheek.
There is another statue of Jesus sitting at the top of the stairs with tears falling from its eyes.
"I heard about it on the radio and I didn't think much of it. Being here at work and we saw the lineup of people. Out of curiosity I went over and looked and its unbelievable. It's forming. The tear is there. It does not look like it's water or anything. It's real weird, very weird," said Gayle Walker from Reading.
Most want to believe what they see.
"Well I have faith that it is. We can't always be sure, but I prayed to her and I feel better about it and I'm glad I came," said one visitor from Reading.
There are more visitors arriving every day as word spreads about the crying statues.
Visitors who know the owner tells 9 News the owner wanted to keep it a secret for fear the statues would stop crying.
Others say they believe the tears are a sign of hope.
They believe it should be shared with the community.
"You hear about it in other countries and then it's here in Reading of all places. It is a miracle. I think something will come of it, hopefully, something good," Walker said.
While at the shop, several stories about the tears were shared with 9 News.
Some say they started to form about a week ago when a visionary visited the library.
Someone else said they started after a rosary, which belonged to Reverend James Willig, who died nearly 10 years ago, was placed in her hands.
Whatever is causing the tears, it's bringing smiles to many peoples' faces.
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