Italian man says bleeding wounds on chest form cross shape
Catholic church warns against 'morbid' curiosity with wounds21 March, 17:00
But it also warns against "morbid" curiosity in the case of Carmine Mancuso, who says that for more than a year, three wounds that form the shape of a cross have appeared on his chest.
The wounds began to bleed about two months ago when Mancuso attends mass in his home town of Piane Crati, in the Calabria region of southern Italy.
The story of Mancuso, a pensioner, has attracted public attention as well as the interest of Catholic Church officials, who have appointed a commission to further investigate.
The local diocese, which says Mancuso is a respected man, has warned the case may not be supernatural and "urges caution to avoid any attitude of morbid curiosity".