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NAPLES RELIVES MIRACLE OF ST. JANUARIUS

A Marvel That Challenges the World, Cardinal Giordano Says

NAPLES, Italy, SEPT. 20 (ZENIT.org).-- St. Januarius did not disappoint his Neapolitan fellow citizens.

At 9:45 a.m. yesterday, on his feast day, a member of the Deputation of the Order of St. Januarius announced that the blood of the fourth-century martyr, contained in the glass decanter, had liquefied. Again.

The faithful broke out in applause. The martyr's miracle occurs every year on his feast day, and on other significant occasions.

Addressing a crowded cathedral, Cardinal Michele Giordano, archbishop of Naples, said that the miracle "challenges secular and Catholic intellectuals."

The cardinal, who held the glass decanter with the blood, added, "St. Januarius is a martyr who calls each person to decisive commitment to the defense of liberty and higher values."

During the Mass he celebrated, Cardinal Giordano referred to the rejuvenation that the Church is undergoing during this Jubilee, which "is like a new Pentecost on the world, the Church, and Christians."

St. Januarius was born into a noble family in Naples in the second half of the third century. At the beginning of the fourth century, he was bishop of Benevento, when the Roman emperor Diocletian promulgated an edict of persecution against Christians.

St. Januarius went to visit a deacon in prison. He was arrested and thrown to the bears in the amphitheater of today's Pozzuoli, near Naples. Legend has it that the bears became as gentle as lambs in the saint's presence. In the end, Januarius was decapitated, probably on Sept. 19, 305. Following the decapitation, a pious woman collected his blood in a decanter.

A few years after Constantine's edict, the then bishop of Naples carried the saint's body in procession; it was during this procession that the saint's blood liquefied for the first time. ZE00092004

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