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Miracle of St. Januarius repeated: blood liquefies
CWN - September 19, 2012

The blood of St. Januarius liquefied on September 19, his feast day, in the repetition of a familiar miracle in Naples.

St. Januarius, who was martyred during the persecutions of Diocletian, is the patron saint of Naples and of the city’s cathedral. A vial of his blood, preserved by the faithful since the 4th century, regularly turns into liquid form on his feast day. Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples, who presided at a traditional ceremony in the cathedral, assured a large congregation that the miracle had been repeated.

Many residents of Naples believe that if the saint’s blood does not turn to liquid form, it is a sign that some tragedy will befall the city. The miracle did not occur in 1980, when an earthquake south of Naples caused over 2,500 deaths. In the most distant past, the absence of the regular miracle was associated with military losses, volcanic eruptions, and outbreaks of the plague.

Scientists have been unable to explain why the saint’s blood, which ordinarily remains in solid form, liquefies on such frequent occasions. The Church has never formally pronounced on the miracle, although the Archbishop of Naples traditionally leads the ceremony at which the vials are placed upon the cathedral altar and the miracle is proclaimed.

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/head...ryid=15651
Has there been an affadavit by impartial scientists verifying the liquefaction?

Yet another testimony of the Divine nature of Christ's Church.
I don't know. More info on in this article: http://www.gazzettadelsud.it/news/englis...eated.html
(09-20-2012, 12:51 PM)Scotus Wrote: [ -> ]Has there been an affadavit by impartial scientists verifying the liquefaction?

This.

I thought the same thing.

Do we know if the Church is looking into it?
(09-20-2012, 12:54 PM)Adam_Michael Wrote: [ -> ]
(09-20-2012, 12:51 PM)Scotus Wrote: [ -> ]Has there been an affadavit by impartial scientists verifying the liquefaction?

This.

I thought the same thing.

Do we know if the Church is looking into it?

Seems unlikely. The miracle has apparently been going on for 1,600 years.
I wish that these miracles would be open to rigorous study.  Perhaps the Lord does not want His miracles to be too well known or too conclusive, but it would still be a great testament to the Church and could lead to many conversions.
(09-20-2012, 01:55 PM)Walty Wrote: [ -> ]I wish that these miracles would be open to rigorous study.  Perhaps the Lord does not want His miracles to be too well known or too conclusive, but it would still be a great testament to the Church and could lead to many conversions.

There has been some study of them (most recently in 1989, I think).  But since they aren't allowed to open the vials there is only so much that can be learned.
This is the type of inquiry which makes my head spin. 1600 years of miracles and now we need a scientific study quantifying whatever, because that will "convert" the heathens. Conversion happens not in the head or mind, but the heart and soul.

tim
(09-20-2012, 07:24 PM)Tim Wrote: [ -> ]This is the type of inquiry which makes my head spin. 1600 years of miracles and now we need a scientific study quantifying whatever, because that will "convert" the heathens. Conversion happens not in the head or mind, but the heart and soul.

tim

this
(09-20-2012, 07:24 PM)Tim Wrote: [ -> ]This is the type of inquiry which makes my head spin. 1600 years of miracles and now we need a scientific study quantifying whatever, because that will "convert" the heathens. Conversion happens not in the head or mind, but the heart and soul.

tim

I don't know about that Tim, I had a pure intellectual conversion. Nothing climatic, or long road to Rome, or great battle over the heart, etc... Simply that my brother first converted, I wondered why, investigated, and followed due to the pure undeniable reasoning of Christ and His Church.
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