Father Pellegrino Maria Ernetti and Father Agostino Gemelli invoke EVP
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Father Pellegrino Maria Ernetti and Father Agostino Gemelli inadvertently use EPV
In 1952, two eminent Roman Catholic dignitaries - Father Pellegrino Maria Ernetti and a former physician, Father Agostino Gemelli - were attempting to record a live, musical performance of a beloved Gregorian Chant.
When Father Gemelli's recording equipment chose to start misbehaving, he became frustrated at the bad timing. Becoming increasingly frustrated at the machine's resistance to work, Gemelli verbally asked for spiritual assistance from his deceased father. Later, when the priests listened to the results of the partially-successful recording, Father Gemelli was astonished to hear his father's voice amongst the music. Gemelli was referred to by a childhood nickname and apparently told:
'Zucchini, it is I...it is clear...do you not know it is I? I am always with you and help you.'
Concerned at what exactly they had captured on the tape recorder, the priests took the bold step of approaching their highest source and went to ask the Pope - at that time, Pope Pius XII (1876-1958). Thankfully, instead of merely branding the voices as 'demonic' or hateful, Pius XII listened to the recording and declared:
'Dear Father Gemelli, you really need not worry about this. The existence of this voice is strictly a scientific fact and nothing to do with spiritism. The recorder is totally objective...it receives and records only sound waves from wherever they come. This experiment may perhaps become the cornerstone for a building of scientific studies which will strengthen people's faith in a hereafter.'