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Polish bishop confirms Eucharistic miracle

April 19, 2016

A Polish bishop has approved veneration of a consecrated Host that exudes human blood, saying that the phenomenon "has the hallmarks of a Eucharistic miracle."

Bishop Zbigniew Kiernikowski of Legnica made his announcement after a thorough investigation of an incident in which a consecrated Host was dropped, then picked up and placed in water, and developed red stains. After that accident-- which occurred on Christmas Day, 2013-- Bishop Stefan Cichy (who is now retired) authorized medical tests on fragments of the Host. Bishop Kiernikowski announced the tests detected muscle fibers:

It is most similar to heart muscle. Tests also determined the tissue to be of human origin, and found that it bore signs of distress.

The bishop has instructed the parish priest to "prepare a suitable place" where the consecrated Host can be exposed for veneration. 


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  • Posted by: dmva9806 - Apr. 21, 2016 12:11 PM ET USA

    Red stains on consecrated hosts produced by Serratia marcescens bacteria have for centuries been mistaken for blood. This infection occurs when any kind of bread or wheaten wafer becomes damp. The fact that this “miracle” occurred after the wafer was soaked in water is suspicious. I strongly suggest repeating the circumstances with unconsecrated host. When the red stain appears the wafer should be tested for the presence of human muscle fiber in the same manner as for this apparent miracle.

  • Posted by: mclom2107 - Apr. 19, 2016 6:31 PM ET USA

    What a wonderful sign for us. The great Mystery of Christ's promised presence with us: Matthew 20:28