Crowds flock to Wattala Church to witness 'miraculous' sight

2017-12-08 08:35:58

Excited Catholics and many others were seen rushing into St. Anne’s Church in Wattala to get a glimpse of a picture of Jesus Christ, where droplets of sweat were seen emerging from the forehead of the image of the blessed Saviour in what seemed to be a modern day miracle.

Parish Priest of St. Anne’s Church, Wattala, Rev. Fr. Sanjeev Mendis, said the watery droplets similar to that of sweat had been flowing from the picture since October this year. “The picture was brought to Sri Lanka by a group of priests who came here 12 years ago from Chalakkudi in India. The priests had distributed several pictures to the Catholics of the area who had attended the prayer sessions. However the

tear-like droplets had been flowing from one picture which was kept in the house of a woman named Niromi Amarasinghe,” Fr. Mendis said. He said the picture was brought to the church after the supernatural occurrence continued.

Niromi said she had witnessed the droplets coming from the forehead of the picture of Christ from time to time. “I noticed the changes and showed it to my mother as well and then we decided to inform the parish priest about it. We were advised to bring the picture to the church for it to be examined,” she said.

“We had family problems for some time and these subsided since the miracle began. I have experienced some strange feelings which are hard to explain ever since this miracle began. I feel that Christ is alive,” she added.

However, Fr. Mendis said it is difficult to make any conclusion at the movement. “There may be a scientific explanation for it but I don’t know how anyone could prove it,” Fr. Mendis said. (Yohan Perera)

Pix by Pradeep Dilrukshana

  Comments - 42

  • ANTON Friday, 8 December 2017 08:46


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    Pramod Fernando Friday, 8 December 2017 16:16

    This is no surprise but condensation due to high humidity.

    Reply : 2       32

    Unchikun Friday, 8 December 2017 08:48

    That is nice news. Just before I used my washing machine, I found water droplets on the outside of the metal case. I was worried it was a water leak ( water bill are not cheap). and investigated. There was no water leaking from the inlet hose. The water was there due to the cool weather and condensation.

    Reply : 12       67

    AjithZ Friday, 8 December 2017 16:46

    What you say is correct. Problem is why the droplets only on this picture, continuing from October and even after moving from the house to the church. Worth some investigation.

    Reply : 13       24

    Unchikun Friday, 8 December 2017 08:50

    Cool weather and condensation. Sri Lanka has a high humidity.

    Reply : 9       55

    Labby Saturday, 9 December 2017 10:27

    condensation possible, but why only affecting this picture? I agree with Anton; Jesus and Mary are in tears for our sinfulness.

    Reply : 5       3

    L.P. Mendis Friday, 8 December 2017 08:57

    It is clear and true that Jesus Christ is alive.

    Reply : 77       28

    Nimal Friday, 8 December 2017 19:15

    Jesus never said His presence would be confirmed with this type of deception. Pls do not insult Him.

    Reply : 4       30

    Nalin Friday, 8 December 2017 20:22

    You know what Jesus would sy to you if he were alive? Please mate Learn Science

    Reply : 3       27

    Desmond Jeromme Friday, 8 December 2017 08:58

    The 2nd coming of Jesus is nearing, here are the signs.

    Reply : 63       18

    mali Friday, 8 December 2017 09:16

    What's wrong with these people trying to propaganda in such a way to disgrace the name of Jesus.

    Reply : 5       58

    Roger Wije Friday, 8 December 2017 09:21

    Beware of scams. Sai Baba followers claimed such miracles to natural phenom and also trickery. An Inanimate object does not have sweat. Thusly it has to be moisture. Remove the picture from the frame and investigate if someone set something up or there is a reason for moisture to build up.

    Reply : 5       48

    suresh Friday, 8 December 2017 09:42

    Although science cant explain everything, if you look at it from a religious point of view, Jesus (or any other religious leaders picture) sweating makes no symbolic meaning.People should not blindly believe everything they hear or see

    Reply : 5       48

    Sunil Friday, 8 December 2017 09:44

    Expose all these religions that fool innocent worshipers with these frauds...Religions should not be allowed to exploit people like this...

    Reply : 10       42

    L C A Friday, 8 December 2017 09:47

    Poor fellows, as a nation, where we are heading towards ?

    Reply : 5       40

    Shanthapriya Friday, 8 December 2017 09:57

    Very wise priest Fr. Mendis did not hesitate to mention that he cannot come to any conclusion at the moment and there may be scientific explanation for it. We must appreciate his stance on this without being panic like some other religious leaders in a similar situation

    Reply : 2       50

    Suren Sarathkumara Friday, 8 December 2017 10:28

    "I don’t know how anyone could prove it" - google for "weeping paintings explained"

    Reply : 6       24

    Leo Friday, 8 December 2017 10:32

    Niromi we believe our Christ is a living God and no need of supernatural occurances to justify it.

    Reply : 21       19

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 8 December 2017 10:43

    Everything nonsense. There are not even true pictures of Jesus.

    Reply : 5       52

    Scooby Doo Friday, 8 December 2017 10:47

    Its ok to believe in God but not magic.

    Reply : 3       31

    leonard perumal Friday, 8 December 2017 10:57

    Please check this out

    Reply : 2       5

    Anja Friday, 8 December 2017 10:58

    Why does no1 take it and touch to check via DM Android App

    Reply : 1       11

    Unknown Friday, 8 December 2017 11:09

    Last time it was a drainage leak, hope its not the same thing this time around.

    Reply : 2       36

    Message to Catholics Friday, 8 December 2017 11:21

    Anyone cannot explain this from Science.This is a message from heaven to mankind on earth specially to Catholics .

    Reply : 15       1

    Love Sri Lanka Friday, 8 December 2017 12:09

    Our LORD my GOD and Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

    Reply : 15       1

    Sincere Friday, 8 December 2017 12:20

    The Bible says ...... "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1).

    Reply : 0       12

    Nimal Friday, 8 December 2017 13:13

    May be a disaster warning coming to Sri Lanka.

    Reply : 10       2

    Premalal Friday, 8 December 2017 13:49

    Even God has begun to weep at the depth of tragedy called Sri-Lanka.

    Reply : 2       8

    Nimal Friday, 8 December 2017 16:15

    Miracles could happen, it has happened before which proofs are there. Will wait and see the out come of it with open mind

    Reply : 12       0

    Sanka Friday, 8 December 2017 16:26

    Why these followers follow the teaching of the Jesus rather than believing and following these so called miracles? If you follow his teaching, you will give a real respect to him.

    Reply : 2       9

    Rufus Norton Friday, 8 December 2017 20:05

    It is good that the parish priest took a very realistic and sensible stand in regard to this matter, saying there can be a scientific explanation to it. Had this happened to a Buddhist picture, they would have gone to town with it and made a huge show and collected millions.It is not necessary for gimmicks to prove the existence of God. God is real and will bless them who sincerely and honestly seek Him.

    Reply : 13       11

    Don Setan Friday, 8 December 2017 20:14

    Month DecemberAir temperature 25 cDew point 23 cCondensation ??

    Reply : 1       9

    Eds Friday, 8 December 2017 21:05

    Do believe in science but allow the benefit of the doubt

    Reply : 6       4

    Sunimal Friday, 8 December 2017 22:14

    At least now, keep it in an AC room. We should not allow Jesus to suffer in this hot weather and sweat.

    Reply : 6       12

    Jayasiri Saturday, 9 December 2017 04:28

    Similar situation happened in a hut like house in Modera about 40 years ago. People rocked to the place and donated money to the owner of the house. He bought a land and a house from the money. The story faded out as the time went by.Perhaps, there could be some water like very think solids between the glass and the paper which can remain for a long time. The glass should be removed and check for the water. If God intended to appear like this, no one could stop him, and the water should come out again.

    Reply : 1       5

    Thepanis Saturday, 9 December 2017 06:35

    Jesus is crying after seeing the political and social mockery in Sri Lanka.

    Reply : 0       7

    Orpheus Saturday, 9 December 2017 06:55

    Miracles do happen! Importent thing is difficult time Anomi Amarasinhe and family has dissapeared(as she says).I like to have a copy in my house.

    Reply : 3       0

    Mitchel Mendis Saturday, 9 December 2017 07:20

    Fact is Jesus is alive and pray for his mercy on us at all times before it is too late

    Reply : 9       1

    George Saturday, 9 December 2017 07:52

    People are so dum today they still dont know the definition of a Miracle. Jesus crying as statue or a photograh does not benefit any human being....why would a God do that? We need live signs to call it a miracle

    Reply : 1       6

    Eraj Saturday, 9 December 2017 10:29

    What I learn from this: Religions make human to be brainless.

    Reply : 1       12

    Conscience Saturday, 9 December 2017 11:59

    There's always a scientific reason for such things, not a miracle.

    Reply : 1       7

    kelum Monday, 11 December 2017 14:50

    nonsens.why they wanted to publish .do not worship to statues that what god said .but this is thruly an insult to the catholic peoples

    Reply : 0       4

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