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Saint’s dried blood liquefies in repeat of ‘miracle’

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, September 20, 2012 3:40 EDT
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Archbishop of Naples Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe shows an ampoule containing blood of Saint Januarius (San Gennaro) inside Naples cathedral via AFP
 
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The dried blood of the Roman Catholic patron saint of Naples mysteriously turned to liquid 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.

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