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Pope Francis credited with performing miracle


Posted on Wednesday, 25 March, 2015 | Comment icon 78 comments

The Pope has been credited with turning the blood back to liquid. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Tania Rego
A relic containing the blood of a 3rd century saint appeared to liquify after the Pope kissed it.
The blood was that of St. Gennaro, a bishop of Naples who was thought to have been killed during persecution under the Roman Emperor Diocletian some time before the year 305.

As was traditional at the time, some of his blood was collected up and kept in the catacombs alongside his remains, an indication that he had died a matryr. For centuries afterwards people would come to pray on certain days of the year in the hope that the blood would liquefy, a spectacle that was often considered to be a miracle.

This week Pope Francis became the first pontiff to make this happen in over 150 years when, during a visit to Naples, he prompted the blood to turn to liquid in front of several onlookers.
While only half the blood liquefied to begin with, the rest soon followed to the delight of the crowd.

The last time this happened in the presence of a Pope was back in 1848 when Pope Pope Pius IX visited the city. Neither Pope John Paul II nor Benedict XVI saw it occur during their visits.

"It is the sign that St. Gennaro loves Pope Francis," said Cardinal Crescenzo Sepe.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (78)


Tags: Pope, Miracle


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Comment icon #69 Posted by fullywired on 31 March, 2015, 13:16
The entirety of mine, it seems. Then you're done bringing it up, right? I guess not... Right. Because 1) the Pope was shot with life-threatening injuries that he could have easily died from but did not, and 2) he forgave his shooter, when other men (lesser men, maybe) including me would not have. That cannot be debunked. I can keep repeating this for you, if you wish. Things aren't going to change. I am not disputing the facts , only the claim that they were the result of miracles a little evidence would be nice fullywired
Comment icon #70 Posted by Rafterman on 31 March, 2015, 14:12
Hmmm, maybe he should have. I'd actually have an easier time getting behind him if he owned a chain of wine and tapas joints around the world.
Comment icon #71 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard on 31 March, 2015, 14:12
I am not disputing the facts , only the claim that they were the result of miracles a little evidence would be nice fullywired Oh I see what the problem is here. Comprehension. I'm claiming that miracles don't actually exist as magical occurrences or supernatural events. I'm claiming that these two things accomplished by Pope John Paul are "miracles" as in they are miraculous that they took place. Is that better?
Comment icon #72 Posted by keithisco on 31 March, 2015, 14:56
Another interesting object is the Holy Face of Manepollo and items at Ovedio in Spain.The cloths in Spain are said to have a connection to the Cruxificion and there are records of them going back to the 8th or 9th century when one of the spanish kings had a shrine made for them. It is said that I think St.Lawrence brought them to Spain before he was martyered.These pre-date the records in Europe about the Holy Shroud. The "Sudarium" at Oviedo ( the cloth that supposedly covered the face of JC) would have been removed when the Shroud was wrapped around JC. The "Sudarium" dates prior to 700 CE, ... [More]
Comment icon #73 Posted by keithisco on 31 March, 2015, 15:42
@Thorvir Hrothgaard No... these 2 events are NOT miraculous...ordinary folk survive gunshot wounds every day (and the Pope's wound was not life threatening in the first place). Neither is "forgiving" his assailant miraculous either - Had el Papa turned around and said he wanted this guy killed then he wouldn't have been Pope for very long.
Comment icon #74 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard on 31 March, 2015, 15:54
@Thorvir Hrothgaard No... these 2 events are NOT miraculous...ordinary folk survive gunshot wounds every day (and the Pope's wound was not life threatening in the first place). Neither is "forgiving" his assailant miraculous either - Had el Papa turned around and said he wanted this guy killed then he wouldn't have been Pope for very long. Again, I think people are missing my point.
Comment icon #75 Posted by fullywired on 1 April, 2015, 19:17
Oh I see what the problem is here. Comprehension. I'm claiming that miracles don't actually exist as magical occurrences or supernatural events. I'm claiming that these two things accomplished by Pope John Paul are "miracles" as in they are miraculous that they took place. Is that better? What's needed here is comprehension of what constitutes a miracle fullywired
Comment icon #76 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard on 1 April, 2015, 23:56
What's needed here is comprehension of what constitutes a miracle fullywired Sure, that's fine. But magical miracles haven't been proven to exist.
Comment icon #77 Posted by TripGun on 17 April, 2015, 15:48
The power is in believing.
Comment icon #78 Posted by dornier on 18 April, 2015, 9:24
A relic containing the blood of a 3rd century saint appeared to liquify after the Pope kissed it. Read More: http://www.unexplain...forming-miracle Thatís a good puzzle especially for those who feel like joining the flock. They can learn something about Godís "mysterious ways." The last time this happened in the presence of a Pope was back in 1848 when Pope Pius IX visited the city. Neither Pope John Paul II nor Benedict XVI saw it occur during their visits. Why is it so that God granted a miracle to Pius IX, but not to the others who followed - with that noted exception? That's because blood ... [More]


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