Altar of the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano in Italy

When a priest in Lanciano, Italy, with doubts about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist said the words of Consecration during Mass, he saw the bread and wine transform into real human flesh and blood.

Miracle of Lanciano

A scientific analysis of the flesh found that the flesh was cardiac tissue and that the blood was fresh.

Interior of St. Francis Church in Lanciano

The flesh and blood are still preserved to this day and you can visit the Church of San Francesco in Lanciano, Italy to see it.

Basilica of St. Francis in Siena

Thieves stole a gold ciborium containing consecrated hosts. They dumped the hosts in the poor box. The recovered hosts were cleaned but still not suitable for consumption, so it was decided that the hosts would be placed in a new ciborium and left to deteriorate. However, the hosts remained fresh for decades and can still be seen in the (now) Basilica of St. Francis in Siena, Italy.

Tapestry depicting the Miracle of Bolsena in Italy

In 1263 a German priest stopped at Bolsena on his way to Rome. Similar to the priest in Lanciano, he had trouble believing the real presence. After the consecration, the host in his hands began bleeding onto the corporal on the altar.

The Corporal of Bolsena

The corporal remains on display in the Cathedral of Orvieto.

Altar of the Miracle

You can also still visit the site of the miracle, St. Christina's Church in Bolsena.

The Miracle of Chirattakonam, India

On April 28, 2001, red stains appeared on the host during Eucharistic adoration at St. Mary’s parish in Chirattakonam, India. A few days later, the priest noticed that stains had formed an image of a man crowned with thorns. The monstrance with the host remains enshrined in the church.