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Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe shows the relic of St Januarius's blood to Pope Francis (AP/Andrew Medichini)

The blood last liquefied in a pope’s presence in 1848

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