Tomb That 'Sweats' With
Death Of Popes Now Dry
The Tomb Of St. Sylvester

From Scott Corrales
INEXPLICATA The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
Tomb "perspires" with the death of a Pope and is now dry.
The cenotaph of Pope Sylvester II in Rome's Lateran Basilica is a center of attraction for tourists and curiosity-seekers. All of them run their hands over it to ascertain if there has been a change in the level of humidity.
Much like the coagulation of the blood of San Gennaro in Naples indicates a victory for the soccer team Maradona played for, Rome's Lateran Basilica of St. John is filled with tourists and curiosity-seekers stealthily touching a tombstone at its entrance. When it exudates water, they say, a Pope is sure to die. When it merely becomes damp, it heralds the death of a bishop or cardinal.
Two elderly Italian nuns in gray habits said that the monument's power of prophecy is well documented: "It perspires when the death of a Pope is at hand," said one of them. "The stone weeps. It's true, it has happened. There are those who have seen it," added the other.
All of them notice without staring, and if someone sees them touching it, they laugh at themselves. Not very cinematographic, the tomb is neither strange nor awe-inspiring. It is a cenotaph, a funeral monument that does not contain any mortal remains. However, there is disparaging talk about the sound of rattling bones being heard in the vicinity.
Sylvester II was Gerbert d'Aurillac, the Pope who presided the year 1000, and ruled between 999 and 1003 -- a man with a background in mathematics and astronomy, whose fame was surrounded by a halo of magic. It was said that he learned the art of divination in Spain from an Arab wizard, a character reminiscent of Melchiades in Garcia Marques's 100 Years of Solitude, from whom he inherited a book of secrets. According to legend, Sylvester II made a pact with the devil and even built a golem -- a statue in which he imprisoned the devil, who would answer questions "yes" and "no" by nodding its head, like an oracle.
The truth is that he was a good Pope, according to the chronicles. He created the Polish and Hungarian churches. For some reason, three years before the ascension of Polish cardinal Karol Wojtla to the Holy See, the Polish Lady of Czestochowa was placed in the parish where St. Sylvester is venerated. All believe it was a premonition from beyond.
Sylvester died while performing Mass at the Church of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem, next to the Lateran Basilica. His body was intact during an exhumation in 1684. However, it turned to dust the moment it came into contact with the air.
Translation (c) 2005. Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology.
Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez.



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