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October 07, 2005

Mirabile indictu

Members of the Italian Committee for the Investigation of the Paranormal (Cicap) are out to debunk events popularly construed as miracles. In the case of the San Genaro event, however, church authorities seem willing neither to fully endorse nor allow unfettered scientific investigation of a twice annual bloody manifestation. Not sure what any of this spectacle has to do with Christianity. Best have a witch look into the matter.

Italy remains a profoundly superstitious country and there was uproar recently when a group of scientists queried a religious rite in Naples in which the dried blood of a saint beheaded in AD305 "miraculously" liquefies.

According to tradition, the transformation of the blood of San Gennaro, preserved in two phials, protects the city from disasters such as earthquakes or an eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 7, 2005 10:07 AM

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