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The waving of the handkerchief is the traditional sign the liquefaction has happened (Photo: PA)

The day I saw a saint’s blood become liquid

Ten years ago in Naples on the feast of St Januarius I prayed as I had never done before

Archbishop Nichols views relics on show at the British Museum (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Is the ‘spiritual and emotive’ power of relics more important than their authenticity?

Archbishop Nichols views relics on show at the British Museum (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Treasures of Heaven opens today at the British Museum

Images of the late pope outside a souvenir shop in his hometown of Wadowice, Poland (CNS photo/Kacper Pempel, Reuters)

The blood was drawn from the late pope by his personal physician in case he ever needed a transfusion

Katherine Milby from Abbotsford prepares two vestments once owned by Cardinal Newman at Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford home in the Scottish Borders (Photo: Paul Dodds)

Newman vestments to be shown to the Pope

Vestments worn by Cardinal Newman are to be shown to the Pope during his visit to Edinburgh

A digital rendering of the future Newman Chapel at the London Oratory                                                                                        (Image courtesy of Russell Taylor Architects)

Building shrines for the new Blessed

Fr Anthony Symondson SJ describes three new chapels in Birmingham, London and Oxford that will be dedicated to John Henry Newman