First a sink hole opens up on the streets of Naples one moth before the Pope's arrival in March 2015:
Reminded by Pope Francis not to pay attention to portents and omens:
"Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world!" Homily of Pope Francis Saint Peter's Square Tuesday, 19 March 2013 Solemnity of Saint Joseph
Locals fear the Vatican is trying to gain control over collection of gold jewellery, precious stones, headdresses and silver busts worth more than crown jewels
Thousands of protesters have demonstrated in Naples in an attempt to prevent the Catholic Church gaining control over a highly valuable collection of jewels belonging to a local saint.
Paolo Jorio, director of the San Gennaro museum where the collection is kept, said: “We’re protecting a centuries-old institution, we will not stand for interference from either the church or the government.”.
The elaborate gold jewellery, precious stones, headdresses and silver busts, which are reportedly worth more than British crown jewels, were donated by kings and aristocrats in honour of San Gennaro.
It has long been considered the property of a local lay council, but demonstrators fear that a new decree issued by interior minister Angelino Alfano opens the door to church control. The Guardian Read More>>>>>>