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Blood of St. Januarius does not liquefy

December 16, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: The blood of St. Januarius did not liquefy during a ceremony in the cathedral of Naples on December 16.

A vial of the blood of St. Januarius, the patron of Naples, is exposed for veneration three times each year: on the saint’s feast day, September 19; on the first Saturday in May; and on December 16, the anniversary of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The miraculous liquefication of the blood had been observed on the two previous occasions this year.

The failure of the saint’s blood to liquefy has been associated with natural disasters in Naples.

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  • Posted by: frjt - Dec. 16, 2021 5:14 PM ET USA

    But it did later in the day! Word is that they mentioned "synodality and the synod" & the blood quickly congealed as it went to the "fridge" (mistaking it for the fringe!)... Geeshe those Italian accents!