St. Januarius, or San Gennaro in Italian, is the patron saint of Naples. He was bishop of Benevento in the third century, and his bones and blood are preserved in the Naples cathedral as relics. He is believed to have been martyred during the Christian persecution of Emperor Diocletian. The liquefaction of St. Januarius' blood happens at least three times per year: the saint's feast day of Sept. 19, the Saturday before the first Sunday of May, and Dec. 16, which is the anniversary of the 1631 eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Naples Archbishop Domenico Battaglia said: “We thank the Lord for this gift.” Read more
On Sept. 19, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Januarius, bishop, martyr, and patron saint of Naples, Italy.... Read more
In Naples, the blood of St. Januarius remained solid Wednesday, after having liquefied both in May and September this year. Read more
The liquefaction of the blood of the early Church martyr St. Januarius occurred Saturday amid the coronavirus lockdown, leading the... Read more
Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples usually does not faint at the sight of blood. Read more
Prayer was the response to a rare failure of a saint’s blood to liquefy in Naples, an occurrence some believe... Read more
While Pope Francis was giving some advice to the religious, priests and seminarians of Naples on Saturday, a miracle occurred:... Read more