Locals in Pope John Paul II's hometown of Wadowice, Poland, believed a miracle had happened when water began spouting from the base of the statue.Now how many more gullible and credulous Catholics would've flocked to Wadowice, queued up to see the fountain, drawn and sipped the "holy" water, dabbed it on their sores, took vials of it back to their bedridden loved ones, and how many would've eventually effused about its miraculous powers and swore by its therapeutic efficacy, had the mayor and the council just stood back and kept the "secret" for several more months?
Word soon spread across the country with pilgrims travelling from all over to the tiny town to fill up bottles with the liquid.
But their belief in what they thought was a "Godly experience" was shattered by town mayor Eva Filipiak.
She admitted the local council had installed a pipe beneath the statue, reported daily Dziennik.
"We didn't mean anything by it, it was just supposed to make the statue look prettier," said Filipiak.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
A bottle of JP2 water please
A statue of the late John Paul 2 is miraculously gushing water.