The background

On 22th 2016 the Interior Ministry issues a decree which, equalizing the chepale of St. Januarius  to vestry (a place belonging to the Church), fixates a period of one year to approve the new statute of the Chapel.

The action is considered a menace to safeguard the Chapel as lay authority and for the Deputation, the organization that manages the Chapel.

Legally, the Deputation contests the decree notifying a complaint to the Interior Ministry and to Curia. Diplomatically, they start a particular way in order to represent the groundlessness of the decision and the necessity that the Chapel belongs to Naples.

Popular participation

Naples supports the Deputation and also all media from over the world reporting the news for many days.

In just ten days they recollect more than ten thousand signatures in a petition supporting the lay authority. However, the most exciting moment is on 5th March: at 3:00 p.m.,  three thousand people meet on the cathedral forecourt to demonstrate in favour of secularity of the Chapel and they wave many handkerchiefs repeating the action that a man of the Deputation alternately does when St. Januarius’ blood liquefies.

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The change

On 23rd April 2016 the Curia and the Deputation sign an historical document which explains the secularity of the Chapel.

On 30th April 2016, on occasion of “Miracle in May”, the Interior Minister, Angelino Alfano, meets the Deputation and the Curia in Naples to seal the agreement reached.

The signature of historical document that explains the secularity of the chapel of St. Januarius. There are (from the left) the Cardinal Sepe, the President of the Deputation Carafa and vice-president Imperiali.


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