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Rome’s Miraculous Crucifix “at Risk of Bursting” after Francis exposes it to Rain in St. Peter’s Square
The 16th-century wooden crucifix was not shielded from the rain in St. Peter’s Square
[UPDATE 01-APR-20: “Damage to ‘miraculous crucifix’ not as serious as reported, rector says”]
God is making things very obvious if only we are willing to see.
This past Friday, Mar. 27, 2020, the false pope in Rome, Jorge Bergoglio, held an extraordinary prayer event in the Vatican to petition God for an end to the Coronavirus pandemic. To that end, the blaspheming apostate had had the 16th-century Miraculous Plague Crucifix brought from the Roman parish church of San Marcello al Corso to St. Peter’s Square.
But Almighty God, whose divine providence governs all things, decided to send rain for the event (cf. Job 38:28). Francis, who does not believe in God’s punishment, had not ordered the wooden crucifix to be shielded from the water, while for himself a large canopy had been arranged.
The result of the Miraculous Crucifix being exposed to rain for almost two hours, was reported in the Italian newspapers Il Messaggero and Il Sussidiario. They state that the crucifix was damaged considerably by the rain, and this was discovered as soon as it was returned to San Marcello’s:
The almost two hours of rain have inflated the centuries-old wood. In several places the ancient plaster has swelled up. Then in some sections the tempera paint used by the anonymous artist to draw the blood gushing from the side [of Christ] has loosened, the wooden surface of the hair has rippled, and the arms have also sustained damage.
The Il Messaggero article has pictures of some of the damage (but is behind a paywall). At this point the Vatican’s press office has — understandably — not cared to comment yet.
Vatican News has released a video clip with the highlights, as well as video of the full ceremony:
As is quite evident from the video, the Miraculous Crucifix could easily have been moved to a dry spot, or a canopy could have been provided for it.
Apparently it was not considered important enough.
The Miraculous Plague Crucifix up close
With regard to the history of the Miraculous Crucifix, a report by Catholic News Agency gives some background:
The crucifix was venerated as miraculous by Romans after it was the only religious image to survive unscathed from a fire that completely gutted the church on May 23, 1519.
Less than three years later, Rome was devastated by the “black plague.”
Upon the request of Rome’s Catholics, the crucifix was taken in procession from the convent of the Servants of Mary in Via del Corso to St. Peter’s Square, stopping in each quarter of Rome.
The procession continued 16 days, from August 4th to the 20th, 1522. When the crucifix was returned to St. Marcellus, the plague had disappeared from Rome.
(“Miraculous crucifix moved to St. Peter’s Square for Pope Francis’ ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing”, Catholic News Agency, Mar. 25, 2020; underlining added.)
Back in the 16th century, Rome of course was filled with real Catholics, people with deep Faith and great love of God. Today, the Vatican is filled with faithless blasphemers, heretics, and sodomites. No wonder that the crucifix that once miraculously survived a fire succumbs to the rain in the presence of Bergoglio.
It makes sense that it would. In his special Urbi et Orbi meditation, Francis announced that the virtue of Faith “is not so much believing that you [God] exist, but coming to you and trusting in you.” Lest anyone fear that maybe the Holy Trinity was punishing the world, he assured his hapless online viewers that this is not so. Addressing God, he brazenly declared: “It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others.” A few days earlier, Francis had opined that Coronavirus was nature’s punishment for man’s ecological sins. So at least he believes in some kind of retribution.
But the real Catholic Church prays in her Prayer in Times of Epidemics:
We beseech thee, O Lord, grant us a hearing as we devoutly raise our petitions to thee, and graciously turn away the epidemic of plague which afflicts us; so that mortal hearts may recognize that these scourges proceed from thine indignation and cease only when thou art moved to mercy.
God scourging a faithless people? What a concept! “The Lord is with you, because you have been with him. If you seek him, you shall find: but if you forsake him, he will forsake you” (2 Para [2 Chr] 15:2; cf. 2 Tim 2:12).
On Mar. 15, Francis had already visited this Plague Crucifix in San Marcello’s to pray before it. While this is obviously a pious and traditional act, in the case of “Pope” Francis it must be considered a mockery, since the man routinely commits blasphemies and heresies and even sanctions idolatry. In fact, for the Benediction part of his rain-drenched prayer service on Mar. 27, the false pope again refused to kneel, despite his kneel-ability demonstrated on other occasions.
Why would God allow Francis to damage, perhaps forever ruin, a miraculous crucifix that survived fire and put an end to the plague in Rome?
Let’s answer the question this way: If saints work miracles as divine confirmation of their preaching and their works, what does a kind of anti-miracle testify to?
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