Thorn of Christ Has Changed-Picture

Coronavirus-Panic: Thorn of Christ Has Changed

The Holy Thorn, a part of Christ’s crown of thorns which is preserved in Andria Cathedral, Italy, has become brighter in colour, wrote Andria Bishop Luigi Mansi, 67 (, April 19).

The relic changes its appearance usually when Annunciation of Our Lady falls on Good Friday what wasn’t the case this year. In the past, drops of blood on the thorn liquefied, the appearance of silvery whitish grew, and even flowering occurred.

During this Holy Week, the relic became somewhat lighter in colour. This was confirmed by Mansi’s coworkers and by scientists.

The bishop published different photos (see picture), but states that this year’s phenomenon was “less conspicuous than the usual prodigious signs.”