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Published on Sep 19, 2012
 
PICTURES

Saint's dried blood liquefies in repeat of 'miracle'

 
 

ROME (AFP) - The dried blood of the Roman Catholic patron saint of Naples mysteriously turned to liquid on Wednesday in a repeat of what residents consider a miracle and good omen, the local church said.

A small crowd at the cathedral in the southern Italian city cheered at the announcement, when city archbishop Crescenzio Sepe brought out a small reliquary with the two vials of San Gennaro's blood.

The phenomenon, which took place at the expected hour and was heralded as an auspicious sign for the debt-ridden country, has regularly occurred for centuries, drawing surprise and controversy.