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The saint's blood is usually dry inside of its sealed glass ampoule. However, after the pope kissed the relic, it began to turn to liquid. “It is the sign that St. Gennaro loves Pope Francis: half of the blood turned to liquid," Cardinal Crescenzo Sepe, archbishop of Naples, told the cheering crowd, according to Vatican Insider. “If only half of it liquefied that means we still have work to do; we have to do better," the pontiff replied. "We have only half of the saint’s love.” The website reports that the blood continued to liquefy until the entire contents of the ampoule had turned to liquid, causing some in the crowd to weep.
Crazy how people scream miracle instead of saying "hmmm this happens EVERY year without flaw...maybe there is some other explanation?"
originally posted by: dollukka
a reply to: Cuervo
I have respect for this Pope. What i would be curious to know does Pope himself see this as an miracle... i guess that we will never know.
“If only half of it liquefied that means we still have work to do; we have to do better," the pontiff replied. "We have only half of the saint’s love.”
originally posted by: Baddogma
First thing I think of is that alchemists had some neat tricks of chemistry at their disposal... tricks some modern chemists might not have found, yet.... the same tricks priests have been using for eons to keep their jobs.
And then there's that whole "the paranormal happens, at a rate that's almost normal..." thing... so, maybe some bored supreme being did decide to liquify some solid as they were bored making universes that day... who knows.
But I'd bet on the alchemists... heh