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Spirit Daily ^ | February 8, 2005

Posted on 02/08/2005 6:32:21 AM PST by NYer

The blood analyzed recently from two weeping icons in Italy and found to possess extraordinary, unique characteristics is of the AB blood type -- the same type reported in the well-known bleeding Host miracle at Lanciano, Italy, and also detected on the famed Shroud of Turin.

It was last week that word came from noted Italian author Renzo Allegri [left] that blood genetically analyzed from the weeping icons was tested by a prestigious university and allegedly found to be unique to earth -- unlike any genetic structure in the world blood bank. The odds against it being of the particular genetic structure, reported the researchers, were 200 billion to one.

The implication is potentially astonishing: that the blood came from a source that was not preceded by a similar genetic type and was not inherited (as of course Jesus's Blood, if this was His actual genetic structure, would not have been inherited). Of course, because something is supernatural does not mean the process of discernment is over.

Meanwhile the general blood type is doubly noteworthy because AB occurs in only four percent of the general populace. That it would be the blood type of both the Lanciano Host and the Shroud seems to veer above coincidence.

The event involves two sacred icons that shed tears of blood on two separate occasions. They belong to Padre Pietro Maria Chiriatti, 59, founder of a small Congregation called "The Missionaries of Our Lady of the Quarry," who lives in a modest dwelling in Alberobello, Puglia, Italy.

Let us caution that we are still investigating and confirming this. For that reason, consider such reports preliminary. But they do come from a credible author-journalist. The alleged phenomena first occurred with an icon of the Madonna in 2003, then the following year, in 2004, on a second icon, this one, ironically, a representation of the Shroud of Turin that Father Chiriatti owns.

It was at the Genetics Forensic Laboratory of the University of Bologna, equipped with the most modern sophisticated equipment with that a team of researchers, doctors, and biologists University Professors found the amazing characteristics, reports Allegri. And it came hard on the heels of a similar determination, again by Italian scientists, that blood from another situation, in Citavecchia, is likewise "inexplicable."

"The blood is human blood, of group AB, male, and was found to be identical in the two samples tested, the blood from the tears from the Icon of the Virgin  and the blood that appeared of the Face of Jesus are the same," the team reported, adding that "the configuration of the genetic features found in the Y chromosome does not correspond to any of the configurations present in the world wide data bank where the data of 22,000 male subjects from 187 different populations is kept."

"This blood is so rare that it must be considered as almost unique. By calculation, the statistical probability of finding, in the course of millennia, a typology of the same blood type, is almost nil, the mathematical probability of this happening is in the order of 1 in 200 billion possible cases."

It was during the eighth century that a Communion Host now kept in a church in Lanciano is said to have suddenly changed into the actual Flesh and Blood of Christ while a doubting priest -- no longer sure of the Real Presence -- was celebrating Mass. More astonishing still, the evidence remains to this day. Since 1713 the Flesh has been reserved in an artistic silver ostensorium, delicately embossed by an artisan of the Neapolitan school, while the Blood is enclosed in a rich and very old rock-crystal cup at Lanciano in the Church of St. Francis.

Various ecclesiastical investigations have been conducted through the centuries, but none more pertinent than tests carried forth with modern technology. In 1970-71 and again in 1981 there were major investigations by an illustrious scientist named Odoardo Linoli, eminent Professor in Anatomy and Pathological Histology and in Chemistry and Clinical Microscopy, and Professor Ruggero Bertelli of the University of Siena.

The analyses were documented with a series of microscopic photographs and what they showed was that: the Flesh and the Blood were real; the Flesh is striated cardiac muscular material; the Blood was formed in five clots; both the Flesh and Blood have the same blood-type; and that the blood type is AB. 

It is a blood-type identical to what a scientist named Baima Bollone and others -- including American scientists -- uncovered in the Holy Shroud of Turin. 

In 1978, a team of thirty U. S. scientists, many from the Jet Propulsion Lab in California, came together for the Shroud of Turin Research Project. The Archbishop at the Cathedral of Turin in Torino, Italy, where the Shroud was housed from 1694 to 1993, gave permission for the group to study the relic. 

Examinations were made and over thirty sticky-tape samples representative of the body images, blood stains, and non-image areas were taken. Later the group asked a Connecticut professor to do analyses on a small fragment from the shroud samples and concluded it was blood-derived -- and what was more, of a pattern similar to what was also found on the Sudarium of Oviedo, Spain, which is also AB.

The Sudarium -- reputedly the burial face cloth of Jesus -- has no image but does have the fascinating blood stains, which have been analyzed. Both tradition and scientific studies claim that the cloth was used to cover and clean the face of Jesus after the Crucifixion.   

So three major Christian relics that are supposed to have Christ's Blood do have blood-derived particles and all three also indicate type AB. To them can now be added the icons, although there have not yet been any tests detailing the specific genetic patterns in the Shroud, the Sudarium, and the Host of Lanciano, to see if they may more exactly match the Bologna findings.

TOPICS: Activism; Apologetics; Catholic; Current Events; Ecumenism; General Discusssion; History; Religion & Science; Theology
KEYWORDS: bloodtype; bloodtypes; chromosome9; italy; lanciano; lancianomiracle; medievalhoax; shroudofturin; sudariumofoviedo; veronicaveil

1 posted on 02/08/2005 6:32:21 AM PST by NYer
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To: shroudie

to your interest, sir?

2 posted on 02/08/2005 6:36:40 AM PST by bitt (Kerry "Hanoi"s me)
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...

Eucharistic Miracle--Siena, Italy

The weekend of the Feast of the Assumption in Siena, Italy in 1730 was the occasion for this Eucharistic Miracle. Siena is a beautiful city known for its rich history of art and culture and is the birthplace of St. Catherine and St. Bernadine of Siena.

Thieves broke into the church and stole the gold Ciborium containing 351 Consecrated Hosts. When it was realized what had happened, all events of the day were halted and prayers recited for the safe return of the Consecrated Hosts. Three days later, they were found protruding from the church poor box and the count was correct.

The Host containing Our Lord were cleaned and then processed slowly back to the church where They were venerated. The Hosts were not consumed at that time. Years went by and periodically Hosts were consumed and were always found to be fresh.

In 1850 the Bishop ordered testing which determiined the Hosts to be fresh. They also checked unconsecrated hosts put in an airtight box in 1789 and little was left of them.

This miracle is of importance to the faithful as the Lord kept it in existence in the original species of unleavened bread. In all the other miracles, the bread and wine changed into another form.

Oh Lord, help us come to understand that You are truly present in the Eucharist, just as You said in Sacred Scripture.

3 posted on 02/08/2005 6:41:37 AM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: NYer

Wow, this is the first I've ever heard about the unique type of AB blood from those two events and the shroud.

4 posted on 02/08/2005 6:46:39 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: sartorius
If they are ALL genetically identical, the implications would be beyond amazing....

You mean, more amazing than an icon actually bleeding in the first place? :-)
6 posted on 02/08/2005 7:16:36 AM PST by mike182d
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To: sartorius

I read two weeks ago when I was doing some research for my catechism class, that all the approved Eucharistic miracles that have been blood typed have been AB blood. Would love to see more dna research on this...

8 posted on 02/08/2005 9:34:34 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: OriginalChristian


9 posted on 02/08/2005 10:53:33 AM PST by OriginalChristian (W2 - Rock On...)
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