- Nov 27, 2020
A pop star kept at arm’s length by the Church during life now is spending eternity in the Church’s embrace, accompanied by an image in his honored blessed by the Church.
The way the local Catholic church is intertwined with Napoli only heightens the feeling that following the team is a religion.
In the Italian media, the Vatican official seemingly being presented as the fall guy for the latest Vatican financial scandal is Cardinal Angelo Becciu, currently the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, who was the number two official in the Secretariat of State when the transaction was initially made and who oversaw much of its subsequent history.
Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples has celebrated the miracle of the liquefaction of the blood of St. Januarius, an early martyr, many times over the years. But this year, something caused Sepe to “blanch” and sit down during the Sept. 19 celebration of the miracle.
The archdiocese of Naples says it has sent the Vatican a 1,200-page dossier compiled by a male escort identifying 40 actively gay priests and seminarians in Italy.
On Monday Naples’ famed blood miracle occurred once again, according to Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, who performed the annual ritual of descending into the crypt of the local cathedral to examine ampules containing what tradition regards as the blood of Saint Januarius, known in Italy as “San Gennaro.”