A 627-year-old ‘blood miracle’ failed to occur, heralding disaster for 2017

If you thought 2016 was bad, you might want to gird yourself for an even worse 2017.

(Napoli) Il cardinale Crescenzio Sepe durante ...

(Napoli) Il cardinale Crescenzio Sepe durante il rito dello scioglimento del sangue di San Gennaro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Saint Januarius Italiano: San Gennaro...

English: Saint Januarius- collezione Morton B. Harris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The dried blood of Saint Januarius failed to liquefy in a ceremony in Naples, Italy, on Saturday, according to a report in Italy’s La Stampa, heralding disaster for next year.

Monsignor Vincenzo De Gregorio, the abbot of the chapel, said: “We must not think about disasters and calamities. We are men of faith, and we must continue to pray.”

The ceremony of the blood of Saint Januarius, or San Gennaro, is performed several times a year. The blood is kept in special ampules and liquifies during the ceremony.

The miracle has been regularly recorded since 1389. San Gennaro was bishop of Naples in the third century and was beheaded in the persecution of early Christians by Roman Emperor Diocletian, who killed about 3,500 Christians. 

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