Stigmata: Patient Zero

According to Christian tradition, a stigmatic prays to God so zealously, so faithfully that Christ's crucifixion wounds of manifest in the form of bleeding sores and gorey holes. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian explore stigmata patient zero in the form of Saint Francis of Assisi. What real-life illness might underlie this 13th century mystic's legendary condition?

Stigmata: Patient Zero

Image Caption: St Francis receiving the stigmata, 1432, by Jan Van Eyck (1390-1441). (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

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Topics in this Podcast: stigmata, christian sager, history, psychology, religion, science