The blood of St. Januarius, the patron saint of Naples, underwent its miraculous liquefaction once again on May 4, during a Mass at the Basilica of St. Clare.

The event is one of three occasions each year when this phenomenon is observed.

During the Mass, Archbishop Battaglia addressed the gathered faithful, explaining the significance of the miracle: “This blood is the sign of a dream of salvation, of hope, of trust; it is not an oracle to be consulted but a compass to follow because it is always well oriented towards Christ, the origin and goal of our journey, of our history, of the history of the world!”

Archbishop Battaglia prayed for the intercession of St. Januarius in current issues around the world, saying, “by your example, we learn with concrete and courageous choices to leave our habits, our comfortable beliefs, our safe enclosures to announce the Word and share the fate of those who groan in today’s many prisons, infecting the imprisoned lives with the freedom of the Gospel!”

Saint Januarius, pray for us!


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