Skip to comments.Physician Tells of Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano -Verifies Authenticity of the Phenomenon
Posted on 05/05/2005 7:05:58 PM PDT by NYer
ROME, MAY 5, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Dr. Edoardo Linoli says he held real cardiac tissue in his hands, when some years ago he analyzed the relics of the Eucharistic miracle of Lanciano, Italy.
The phenomenon dates back to the eighth century. A Basilian monk, who had doubts about the real presence of Christ in the sacred species, was offering Mass, in a church dedicated to St. Legontian in the town of Lanciano.
When he pronounced the words of the consecration, the host was miraculously changed into physical flesh and the wine into physical blood.
Later the blood coagulated and the flesh remained the same. These relics were kept in the cathedral.
Linoli, a professor of anatomy and pathological histology, and of chemistry and clinical microscopy, and former head of the Laboratory of Pathological Anatomy at the Hospital of Arezzo, is the only doctor who has analyzed the relics of the miracle of Lanciano. His findings have stirred interest in the scientific world.
At the initiative of Archbishop Pacifico Perantoni of Lanciano, and of the provincial minister of the Franciscan Conventuals of Abruzzo, and with authorization from Rome, in November 1970 the Franciscans of Lanciano decided to have the relics examined scientifically.
Linoli was entrusted with the study. He was assisted by Dr. Ruggero Bertelli, retired professor of human anatomy at the University of Siena.
Linoli extracted parts of the relics with great care and then analyzed the remains of "miraculous flesh and blood." He presented his findings on March 4, 1971.
His study confirmed that the flesh and blood were of human origin. The flesh was unequivocally cardiac tissue, and the blood was of type AB.
Consulted by ZENIT, Linoli explained that "as regards the flesh, I had in my hand the endocardium. Therefore, there is no doubt at all that it is cardiac tissue."
In regard to the blood, the scientist emphasized that "the blood group is the same as that of the man of the holy Shroud of Turin, and it is particular because it has the characteristics of a man who was born and lived in the Middle East regions."
"The AB blood group of the inhabitants of the area in fact has a percentage that extends from 0.5% to 1%, while in Palestine and the regions of the Middle East it is 14-15%," Linoli said.
Linoli's analysis revealed no traces of preservatives in the elements, meaning that the blood could not have been extracted from a corpse, because it would have been rapidly altered.
Linoli's report was published in "Quaderni Sclavo di Diagnostica Clinica e di Laboratori" in 1971.
In 1973, the Higher Council of the World Health Organization (WHO) appointed a scientific commission to verify the Italian doctor's conclusions. The work was carried out over 15 months with a total of 500 examinations. The conclusions of all the researches confirmed what had been stated and published in Italy.
The extract of the scientific research of WHO's medical commission was published in New York and Geneva in 1976, confirming science's inability to explain the phenomenon.
Today, Linoli participated in a congress on Eucharistic miracles organized by the Science and Faith master's program of Rome's Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, in cooperation with the St. Clement I Pope and Martyr Institute, on the occasion of the Year of the Eucharist under way.
"Eucharistic miracles are extraordinary phenomena of a different type," Legionary Father Rafael Pascual, director of the congress, told Vatican Radio. "For example, there is the transformation of the species of bread and wine into flesh and blood, the miraculous preservation of consecrated Hosts, and some Hosts that shed blood."
"In Italy, these miracles have occurred in several places," he said, "but we also find them in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain " and some in North America.
Ancient Anxanum, the city of the Frentanese, has contained for over twelve centuries the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church. This wondrous Event took place in the 8th century A.D. in the little Church of St. Legontian, as a divine response to a Basilian monk's doubt about Jesus' Real Presence in the Eucharist.
During Holy Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the host was changed into live Flesh and the wine was changed into live Blood, which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size.
The Host-Flesh, as can be very distinctly observed today, has the same dimensions as the large host used today in the Latin church; it is light brown and appears rose-colored when lighted from the back.
The Blood is coagulated and has an earthy color resembling the yellow of ochre.
Various ecclesiastical investigation ("Recognitions") were conducted since 1574.
In 1970-'71 and taken up again partly in 1981 there took place a scientific investigation by the most illustrious scientist Prof. Odoardo Linoli, eminent Professor in Anatomy and Pathological Histology and in Chemistry and Clinical Microscopy. He was assisted by Prof. Ruggero Bertelli of the University of Siena.
The analyses were conducted with absolute and unquestionable scientific precision and they were documented with a series of microscopic photographs.
These analyses sustained the following conclusions:
|Fig. 1 - Eosine x 200. Overall histological aspect of a Flesh sample with fibers collected in bundles with longitudinal orientation as it occurs in the outer surface layers of the heart.
|Fig. 2 - Miracle Heart in Lanciano. Mallory x 250. An artery and, very close, a branch of the vagal nerve.
|Fig. 3 - Miracle Heart in Lanciano. Mallory x 400. Evidence of the "Rough" aspect of the endocardium; the syncytoid structure of the myocardial tissue
|Fig. 4 - Elution-absorption test x 80. Above: Hemagglutination test on blood sample in Lanciano: on the left, anti A serum used; on the right, anti-B serum. Below: hemoagglutination test on a Flesh sample in Lanciano: left, with anti-A serum, right,with anti-B serum. It appears thus that the Flesh and the Blood in Lanciano belong to AB blood group.
|Fig. 5 - Electro-phoretic pattern of Blood proteins (Cromoscan photometer). The profile of serum fractions is normal and superimposable to that of a fresh serum sample.
In conclusion, it may be said that Science, when called upon to testify, has given a certain and thorough response as regards the authenticity of the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano.
Wow! Now I'm speechless!
Interesting. I know this sort of miracle has upset some individuals, too messy I guess. I have a good friend who pulled her kids out of Catholic school and stopped going to Mass because a nun told the children about just such a miracle, perhaps this very one. It has been about 20 years since my friend left the Church, she refuses to believe in the real presence but will readily tell people she is a Catholic.
THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS...
She's not the first. Some of Christ's own disciples refused to believe and left Him. His presence is very real, though, as I learned one year ago.
It kind of makes me sad to read this.... that He would condescend to us lowly creatures over and over again trying to prove His real presence. His words in scripture are not enough for some, so He continually tries to convince. His love for us is truly incomprehensible, and we are so unworthy of it.
Bump, bookmarked and thanks.
IHMO, some poor bloke that had just died (of hopefully natural causes), "donated" his heart to an 8th century version of David Copperfield.
Just about to ping you and others, because I didn't want you to miss this. I've never heard of it, it is absolutlely astonishing, and leaves me speechless.
Wow, what words can describe this? Thank you for posting and pinging. Diamond6, you are so right... your words remind me how He continually humbles Himself to us sinful human beings.. amazing.
Albiongirl, there is an excellent book called "Eucharistic Miracles" by Joan Carroll Cruz. I highly recomment it; it can be purchased at Tan Books. www.tanbooks.com (I believe)
But how come this hasn't deteriorated in all the ensuing centuries? It isn't preserved.
Why didn't the priest consume it? It's a hard question, but what would a priest do to satisfy the rules of the mass?
I have a copy of Joan Carroll Cruz' book, and it seems that sometimes a sacrilege occurred when the alleged miracles took place. There were issues of doubt. In one case, iirc, the mass was conducted on a wooden altar during the period where it was supposed to be made of stone.
I don't like to be a scoffer, but it is only rational to consider alternate explanations. If there was truly no known earthly preservative at that time, I would tend to believe it was genuine. In the picture it looks kind of gross. That's my gut reaction, and I mean no disrespect. I would rather contemplate the consecrated host.
IHMO should be IMHO.
HMO on the brain. Lost a cousin to cancer recently. HMO victim. Didn't venture out of the HMO confines for a second opinion until it was too late.
Which is exactly why our Dear Lord, hides under the presence of bread, because we would never approach it otherwise.
Which is why He uses simple bread so as not to offend our sensibilities... amazing.
Thank heaven for that.