The mystery that is stigmata
What does the appearance of bodily wounds, scars, and pain signify?
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In Christianity, stigmata are the appearance of bodily wounds, scars, and pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. These baffling blemishes usually appear on the hands, wrists, and feet as well as the left side of the body. A high percentage (perhaps over 80%) of all stigmatics are women. Furthermore, the first and only stigmatics have been Catholics who lived after the Great Schism of 1054 (the break of communion between the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church). Often debunked as trickery, stigmata nonetheless has its believers, with around 400 stigmatics identified since the first case was recorded in 1224. Medical mystery, or miracle?
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