Pope Francis has been credited with performing a miracle
After the 266th pontiff kissed the sealed glass ampoule it incredibly began to turn into liquid.
Cardinal Crescenzo Sepe declared to a cheering crowd that watched the moment that Pope Francis had performed a miracle.
The dried blood of a saint liquified in the prescence of Pope Francis
The bishop said the blood is only half liquefied. It appears the saint only loves us half-way
The Argentine leader of the Catholic Church seemed surprise by the cardinal’s announcement and took hold of the microphone afterwards to make a joke.
The pontiff said: „The bishop said the blood is only half liquefied. It appears the saint only loves us half-way.
„We have to convert ourselves (to good) more so he loves us more.”
Catholics believe the „miracle” of St. Gennaro can occur three times a year on certain regular feast days.
The last time the blood of St. Gennaro liquified in a papal prescence was in 1848
The ritual of the liquefying blood dates back to the 14th century.
The last time the blood turned into liquid in the papal presence was 1848 when it did so in front of Pope Pius IX.
Sceptics believe the „miracle” is due to chemicals present in the ampoule that make the viscosity of the blood change when it is moved.
This happened on Saturday when it was removed from the vault for the pope’s visit.