Roman Catholics in the city of Frazzano offers money to the skull of their patron saint Lawrence (San Lorenzo), canonized by Pope Urban VIII.
Lawrence Frazzanò, aka Lorenzo Ravi ( Frazzanò , 22 October 1120 – Frazzanò , 30 December 1162 ), is venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church . It is the patron of Frazzanò (ME) and the protector of the Vicariate Forane of Rocca di Capri Leone in the Diocese of Patti on the island of Sicily in Italy.
This is what a Roman Catholic website in Italy has recorded:
The oldest document preserved in the Acts of the Parish of Frazzanò was released January 17, 1557 by the Archbishop of Messina Giovanni Andrea Mercurio.
After he listening to the prayers of the citizens frazzanesi, the bishop desired the Church of San Lorenzo of the “house of Fraczanò”, to be repaired and maintained in a dignified way. In this church the body if the saint is kept. The Brotherhood existed to him entitled, granted that after the Church of San Lorenzo was restored, the bishop promised hundred days of indulgence to anyone who had visited every year on holidays on December 30, Christmas, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, “a primarily diebus vesperis even unto occasum solis earumdem festivitatum”.
Also according to the Archpriest Monsù schoolboy, a few decades later, on Sept. 13, 1642, Pope Urban VIII granted the parish of Frazzanò to celebrate the patron saint’s day on December 30 of each year, the anniversary of the death of San Lorenzo, with Mass, office and proper readings.
Source: Roman Catholic website.
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And, just when I thought I had seen it all, the mother of religious fraud is being exposed in a town at Sicily. The local parishioners offering currency notes to a skull, in a bid to be granted some days less in Purgatory by the local archbishop.
I am doubtful that the skull will accept, neither cash nor credit cards. The rotten remain of a mortal human being are probably not in need of anything. But I am pretty sure that the local Vatican approved archbishop will fill his pockets, after the religious procession is completed.
Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the benches of those selling doves. ‘It is written,’ he said to them, ‘“My house will be called a house of prayer,”[ but you are making it “a den of robbers.”
Jesus the Messiah had an encounter with money mongers, inside the temple in Jerusalem. He used the wipe on them. Seems to be the only proper treatment of Roman Catholic priests on the island of Sicily too. Defaming Biblical Christianity in the most filthy way, making a mockery of the faith in the Messiah. If these men do not repent from their fraudulent ways, the fire of Hell seems to be a suitable place for them to spend eternity. I love them enough to give them a stern warning.
Repent or perish.
Written by Ivar