On Saturday, the blood of the early Church martyr Saint Januarius liquefied in Naples amid the city’s coronavirus lockdown, announced Archbishop of Naples Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe.
“Dear friends, I have a big announcement to make: even in this time of coronavirus, the Lord through the intercession of Saint Januarius has liquified the blood!”
Cardinal Sepe offered a Mass via livestream at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in Naples in celebration of the miracle, and blessed the entire city with the relic.
“How many times our saint has intervened to save us from the plague, from cholera. Saint Januarius is the true soul of Naples. Naples has never given up in the face of the misfortunes that have affected it.”
Sepe took the time in his Homily to praise healthcare workers taking care of those affected by the coronavirus in his city. However, he also warned of another pandemic gripping the city: organized crime.
“But there is another possible epidemic that worries me in the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. There are those who are good at making a fortune in times of epidemic. Let’s move, intervene immediately, because the underworld is faster than our bureaucracy. The Camorra does not wait. It is up to us to get rid of all criminal organizations. We must overcome and affirm the right to hope.”
Watch the full Mass below (blessing of the city takes place one hour in):