Tuesday, December 5, 2017

This might be the most goth thing the Catholic Church has allowed

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by Premila D'Sa

Angèle Regnier, a Catholic woman from Ottawa, is traveling across Canada with a 500-year-old severed arm.

To be more specific, it’s the almost 500-year-old detached right forearm of Saint Francis Xavier. Fingers and all.

Saint Francis Xavier is one of the more popular saints in Catholicism (he’s not like those other saints; he’s a cool saint). His body is classified as “incorrupt,” which means it hasn’t decomposed like regular flesh. The church says it’s a miracle.

“When you can come closer you can see that there is meat on those bones, this is an arm,” said Regnier in a CBC interview. She’s going to be boarding flights across Canada so people in 14 cities can also experience the bony, dead arm.

Flying with a dead arm, as goth as it sounds, is a bit of a logistical nightmare. Regnier has to book the arm its own seat on the plane because it’s blessed a bunch of people or something. So it’s too “sacred” for her to toss in the overhead compartment.

“It’s his right arm, so it’s the arm that he would have baptized and healed and done all the amazing things with,” Regnier told CBC. “The Archbishop [of Ottawa] had friends who worked with Air Canada that could connect us to another person—so they were people of faith that weren’t completely weirded out by what we were saying.” ...

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