For centuries the faithful have gathered in their thousands to watch one of Christianityâ€™s most enduring mysteries. But yesterday they were told that the â€œmiracle of the bloodâ€ was an elaborate hoax.
This is an elaborate ritual defining the future of Naples – where the phial of dried blood of San Gennaro, the cityâ€™s patron saint, is supposed to magically liquify, and bring good fortune. Now Margherita Hack, an astrophysicist, has said â€œThere is nothing mystical about this. You can make the so-called blood in your kitchen at home”, and that the phial contained nothing more than a medieval iron compound.
Unsurprisingly, there’s blood boiling in Naples…
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