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Archdiocese: Host was ‘blood red’ because of fungus

Catholic World News - December 16, 2011

The Archdiocese of St. Paul - Minneapolis has determined that a host that turned “blood red” at a local parish in July did so because of a fungus.

“Exhaustive biological analysis by an independent scientific laboratory has determined that the reddish coloration on the Holy Communion host fragment that was kept in a water solution after it was discovered on the floor of St. Augustine Church ... was caused by a fungus,” said archdiocesan spokesman Dennis McGrath. “The host in question has been disposed of in a manner prescribed by Church law.”

“While the Catholic Church fully recognizes the possibility of miracles and remains open to their possibility, it does so with extreme scrutiny, investigation and care. This incident was the result of natural biological causes and should not be considered in any other way.”

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