Crowds of worshippers have been filing through the suburban home of Mrs Rosamunds Costarella at Pianura, just outside Naples, following reports last week that her portrait of Christ had started to sweat drops of blood.
GV EXT.Mrs Costarella's home
GV & SV People up stops & into house (2 shots)
SV People looking at Christ picture (2 shots)
CU Picture with stains
SV & CU Mrs Costarella kneels before picture others look on (5 shots)
CU Christ picture
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Background: Crowds of worshippers have been filing through the suburban home of Mrs Rosamunds Costarella at Pianura, just outside Naples, following reports last week that her portrait of Christ had started to sweat drops of blood.
Mrs Costerella, who is 80, says she cut the picture form a religious magazine twenty years ago, and pasted it onto cardboard. Since then she has knelt before it every night. A week ago she noticed drops of clear liquid on the picture - but dismissed it as condensation. But she says that ??? the following night the drops had turned blood red.
Italian police are investigating the phenomenon. Church authorities, as is usual in such cases - have declined to comment.
SYNOPSIS: A small house in the Naples suburb of Pianura is rapidly becoming a place of pilgrimage for devout Christians in Italy. They're arriving in increasing numbers to see what is already being described as a miracle. The house belongs to Mrs Rosamunda Costarella and the miracle concerns a picture of Christ she cut from a religious magazine twenty years ago.
Mysterious drops of a blood-red liquid have appeared on the face of Christ....and some of the devout believe the picture is sweating blood. Eighty-year-old Mrs Costarella has knelt before the picture every night for the past two decades. It was a week ago that she noticed a clear liquid on the face...but dismissed it as condensation. Next day the drops had turned red. Italian police are investigating the phenomenon.