Scully attempts to protect a boy whose death could trigger the coming of Armageddon.

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Scully and Mulder investigate the murder of a popular evangelist who claimed, falsely as it turns out, to bear the wounds Christ bore from the cross - stigmata. Mulder is aware that there have been other similar murders but when they are called to a nearby school, they meet Kevin Kryder, a 12 year-old who seems to genuinely show the signs of stigmata. The boy's father is in prison for child abuse and Mulder is skeptical about it all. Scully however struggles with her own religious views and comes to believe that the boy may be genuine. She also comes to believe that she is there to protect him. Written by garykmcd

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The story idea was inspired by Pio of Pietrelcina, a friar, priest, and mystic of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, who experienced stigmata beginning in 1918 until his death in 1968. He was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint in 2002. See more »

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At the beginning of the show, we see the killer take out a phony "stigmatic". During their investigation, Dana Scully mentions that according to some stories, at any given time, there are 12 stigmatics in the world, corresponding to the 12 Apostles. (But this, guy is a PHONEY...as are the previous 10 victims!!) One remains..... only he (the kid we meet later) is "authentic". So are the killers hunting down the PHONEY stigmatics? Are there, at any given time, 11 phonies and one authentic?? See more »

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Fox Mulder: [to Scully; pouty] You never draw my bath.
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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Faith
19 July 2013 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

What sets this aside is that we have a role reversal where Scully becomes the believer and Mulder the one who questions stuff, which makes him come across as a colossal tool.

Scully's religious belief can be traced back to Beyond the Sea and having visions of her deceased father.

Other than that, this is usual and tired. Stigmata, fake and real touches of god. And a mysterious killer on the loose.

If you swap the context, here religious, it's the same detective stuff as any number of episodes: there's a lot of running between places, piecing a plot and trying to prevent the final crime. Facing larger powers at work.

Bo-ring. Go to Marjoe if you want a chilling look on faith, a 70s documentary on (then) the 'world's youngest minister'.


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