These miraculous hosts continue to baffle skeptics.
3. Buenos Aires, Argentina
On August 18, 1996, as Fr. Alejandro Pezet concluded Mass at the parish of Santa Maria y Caballito Almagro, a woman reported that a consecrated host had been desecrated on a candle holder in the back of the church. Unable to consume the Host, Fr. Pezet placed it in a dish of water and stored it in the tabernacle.
The following Monday, the priest opened the tabernacle and found the host appeared to be a bloody substance. The miracle was reported to Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (the future Pope Francis), who led an investigation into the miracle after the bloody host was miraculously preserved for several years.
According to the magazine Miłujcie się!, “On October 5, 1999, in the presence of the Cardinal’s representatives, scientist Dr. Ricardo Castañón Gómez took a sample of the bloody fragment and sent it to New York for analysis.”
One of these scientists was Dr. Frederic Zugiba, the well-known cardiologist and forensic pathologist. He determined that the analyzed substance was real flesh and blood containing human DNA. Zugiba testified that “the analyzed material is a fragment of the heart muscle found in the wall of the left ventricle close to the valves. This muscle is responsible for the contraction of the heart. It should be borne in mind that the left cardiac ventricle pumps blood to all parts of the body. The heart muscle is in an inflammatory condition and contains a large number of white blood cells. This indicates that the heart was alive at the time the sample was taken. It is my contention that the heart was alive, since white blood cells die outside a living organism. They require a living organism to sustain them. Thus, their presence indicates that the heart was alive when the sample was taken. What is more, these white blood cells had penetrated the tissue, which further indicates that the heart had been under severe stress, as if the owner had been beaten severely about the chest.