These miraculous hosts continue to baffle skeptics.
4. Tixtla, Mexico
On October 21, 2006, during a parish retreat, a consecrated host that was about to be distributed effused a reddish substance. The Bishop of the place, Most Reverend Alejo Zavala Castro, convened a theological commission of investigation to determine if it was a hoax or a genuine miracle. In October 2009, he invited Dr. Ricardo Castañón Gómez to conduct scientific research with a team of scientists and verify the miraculous nature of the occurrence. Dr. Gómez had recently finished his investigation into the miracle that occurred in Buenos Aires.
The scientific research conducted between October 2009 and October 2012 released the following statement:
The reddish substance analyzed corresponds to blood in which there are hemoglobin and DNA of human origin.
Two studies conducted by eminent forensic experts with different methodologies have shown that the substance originates from the interior, excluding the hypothesis that someone could have placed it from the exterior.
The blood type is AB, similar to the one found in the Host of Lanciano and in the Holy Shroud of Turin. A microscopic analysis of magnification and penetration reveals that the superior part of the blood has been coagulated since October 2006. Moreover, the underlying internal layers reveal, in February 2010, the presence of fresh blood.
The event does not have a natural explanation.