St. John Kemble's Severed Hand

St. John Kemble's Severed Hand  :  St. John Kemble was a priest that was executed in 1679 and left behind his severed hand to become a sacred relic.  He was subsequently canonized in 1970.  As recently as 15th July 1995, a priest at St. Francis Xavier's church in Hereford called Father Christopher Jenkins found himself close to death.  He had unfortunately slipped into a deep coma as the result of a massive stroke.  Luckily for him a sacred relic thought to possess great powers of healing lay in an oak casket on the church altar.  Father Tumelty an assistant to Father Jenkin placed the severed hand of St. John Kemble on the sick man's brow and very shortly Father Jenkin regained the ability to eat talk and walk.  So far no scientific explanation has been put forward to explain this event.

Source:  Information for this article, Dr. Karl P. N. Schuker, The Unexplained, Carlton Books Limited (1997) ISBN: 1-85868-384

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