- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - A small red stain underneath a depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus is drawing attention to an Episcopal church in Newport.

Parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Church tell the Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1KxQvhb ) the now 6-inch mark has been growing under the painting for years.

Some say it looks as though blood from Jesus’ feet is dripping onto the wall.

Rev. Nathan J.A. Humphrey says it’s possible that tin from the art work’s frame is leaching, but the stain has never been tested, and he does not intend to have that done.

He preached a sermon Sunday saying the mark, no matter its source, was a sign of Jesus’ presence in the church.

He says Rhode Island Bishop Nicholas Knisely has advised the church to let the matter “unfold.”

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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