Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cause of death of Italian saint uncovered

Cause of death of Italian saint uncovered"Researchers have used X-ray techniques to uncover the cause of death of a 700-year-old Italian saint. Santa Rosa - who died when she was 18 or 19 years old - was most likely killed by a blood clot in the heart, say the Italian research team. It is said the 13th Century saint had miraculous powers that allowed her to raise someone from the dead and to survive the flames of a burning pyre. Her mummified remains are conserved in a monastery near Rome. The research team had been asked in 1995 to carry out some preservation work on the body, which was showing signs of damage. As part of the restoration work, they were able to take X-rays using a mobile device" - BBC

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