CNN host Jim Sciutto openly refused to comment on a story about Catholics flocking to Missouri to see the preserved remains of a nun.
On Monday’s episode of CNN’s News Central, host Boris Sanchez shared the story of devout Catholics who made the pilgrimage to Gower, Missouri, to see the remains of Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster, who died in 2019 but whose body does not appear to have decomposed.
Sanchez noted that visitors are given an opportunity to kiss the remains before handing the camera to Sciutto.
“I’m not touching that story,” Sciutto replied, before reporting on convicted fraudster Elizabeth Holmes’ journey to prison.
CNN host Jim Sciutto declined to comment on a story about Catholics flocking to Missouri to see the preserved remains of a nun
Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster died in 2019, but her body does not appear to have decomposed
The bizarre interaction began with Sanchez discussing the miraculous discovery of Sister Wilhelmina’s body and the excitement it caused in a Missouri town.
“Thousands of Catholics are flocking to Gower, Missouri to see the body of a deceased nun who appears to show no signs of deterioration, although she has been dead for several years,” he said.
“The Catholic News Agency reports that Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster was 95 when she died in 2019. It is said that her body was recently exhumed so that it could be transferred to a chapel of the convent she founded,” continued Sanchez.
“When they opened her wooden coffin, it was found that the nun’s remains were intact, although her body had not been embalmed.
‘The discovery [is] “It got a lot of interest,” he said, before moving on to interview some of those who made the pilgrimage to see the nun’s body. They called the experience “rare” and “powerful.”
As the camera swiveled back on him, Sanchez said, “Visitors will be given limited opportunities to touch and even kiss the body of the deceased nun, Jim.”
Then Sciutto, who grew up in a Catholic school, said he would not comment on the story.
On Monday’s episode of CNN’s News Central, host Boris Sanchez shared the story of devout Catholics making the pilgrimage to Gower, Missouri
People wait to see the body of Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster at the Benedictine Abbey of Mary Queen of the Apostles on Sunday
Sciutto has spoken out about his Catholic upbringing in the past.
In an interview with paternalHe said his mother in particular raised him and his siblings “very Catholic”.
“I went to Catholic school for 12 years, went to church every Sunday, celebrated all the holidays, was also an altar boy and a choirboy,” he said, noting that he doesn’t raise his own children that religiously.
“But I definitely take my kids to church on the holidays and I try to make them aware of their faith as much as I can,” he said.
It’s unclear why he declined to comment on the miraculous story about the nun.
Lancaster’s body will be laid out for public viewing until Monday, with visitors allowed to touch her body and pray
Since the discovery of Sister Wilhelmina’s intact body, the Gower Abbey has seen about 1,000 visitors each day, said Ashlie Hand, spokeswoman for the Kansas City-St. said Joseph.
She pointed out that the monastery might receive as many as 20,000 visitors that weekend.
But the rush has already grown so large that the police have set up a mobile command center and more land has been cleared for parking cars.
The street in front of the monastery, 316th Street, even became a one-way street on Saturday, on which cars drove from west to east, it is said fox 4
Lancaster’s body will be laid out for public viewing until Monday, with visitors allowed to touch her body and pray. Visiting hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
After May 29, visitors will still be able to see the nun and tour the site, but will not be able to touch her body as it will be encased in glass. Lancaster’s body glass case is placed near the altar to “welcome her growing number of followers”.
According to a statement published on the internet, the Benedictine sister planned to hold a public rosary procession on Monday at 4:30 p.m.