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Basilica of Our Lady of Tears: Siracusa, Italy


About Siracusa and the miracle:

Here in Siracusa–or Syracuse depending upon how you decide to spell it–is a modern-day miracle preserved for all to see.  In the home of a young couple, on a wall behind their bed, was a plaster plaque depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary.  For four days in 1953 (August 29-September 1) that plaque exuded tears. The event was filmed and the tears scientifically analyzed and confirmed the fact that these were human tears.

In December of that year, the miracle was pronounced authentic by Cardinal Ernesto Ruffini of the Episcopate of Sicily.

Reports of miracles and conversions have abounded since the tears began to flow.


About the Basilica of Our Lady of Tears:

A Basilica was built to house the now-famous plaque. The daily schedule includes several Masses, recitation of the rosary daily, Eucharistic procession, liturgy of the hours, Lectio Divina and more. A pilgrimage is held on the 29th of each month.

Nearby, on the street of Via degli Orti, is the house where the plaque originally hung. It has also become a place of pilgrimage.


​Traveling to Syracusa:

There are trains from cities such as Naples (about 8 hours), Catanzaro (much closer) to Catania and then on to Syracusa.

There is an airport in Catania as well with flights from several major European cities. If traveling on your own we recommend the night train from Naples….saves on hotel cost.  Get train, plane & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here.

Address: Viale Luigi Cadorna, 139, 96100 Siracusa SR, Italy

GPS coordinates: 37° 4′ 29.1432” N, 15° 17′ 7.1160” E

Tel: +39 0931 21446     Fax: +39 0931 22027

e-mail: info@madonnadellelacrime.it

Click here for the official website of the Basilica of Our Lady of Tears in Siracusa, Italy

There is a pilgrim house as well The “Casa del Pellegrino”, located in front of the Shrine, for those who come on pilgrimage.

Tel: +39 0931 465656 Fax: +39 0931 465565

e-mail: ​​promo@casadelpellegrino.eu

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1 thought on “Basilica of Our Lady of Tears: Siracusa, Italy”

  1. GREAT INFORMATION – definitely plan to visit SICILY before the end of 2020! – always been a dream. I am Catholic and always loved to go to visit all the Churches/Shrines in Italy – I saw a short documentary on the “Our Lady of Tears Church in Syracusa”….here in Canada so now it is my dream to see this beautiful Church built around the plaque and story behind it….just amazing

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