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Coincidence? Do You Know All Major Relics Of Christ Have The Same Blood Type

Coincidence? Do You Know All Major Relics Of Christ Have The Same Blood Type

True and devout Catholics believe in the Real Presence, whereby Jesus Christ is made literally present in a consecrated Host through transubstantiation.

Jesus said to them, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.’” – John 6:53-54

Since its earliest inception, many have been intensely skeptical of the Catholic doctrine of the Real Presence. However, over the centuries there have been many reports and accounts of the Host miraculously turning into physical flesh and blood. When studies were performed on these miraculous Hosts, along with relics of Christ, an astonishing discovery was made – the same blood type was found every time – type AB.

The earliest recorded event of a consecrated Host miraculously turning into physical flesh and blood dates back to the 8th century in the city of Lanciano, Italy. Called the Miracle of Lanciano, a monk was skeptical about the Real Presence and transubstantiation. When he celebrated Mass and said the Words of Consecration with doubt in his soul and heart, before the monks eyes he saw the the Host changed into living flesh and the wine change into coagulated blood.

In 1971, scientists performed a study on these relics which had been perfectly preserved throughout the ages. The Host was human heart tissue with the blood type AB, the rarest of all. The blood was found to have no preservatives, and also was blood type AB.

Another miraculous occurrence took place in 1996, when a woman in Buenos Aires found a desecrated Host in a candle holder in her parish church. She turned the Host to her priest who went to dissolve it into water per Canon Law. When the priest went to do so, the Host turned into flesh and blood. 3 years later, the Bishop of Buenos Aires sent the host to the US for testing. The results came back the same – human heart tissue with blood type AB. At the time, the Bishop of Buenos Aires was Jorge Bergoglio who later became  – Pope Francis.

Additional tests of trace amounts of blood on the Shroud of Turin along with traces from the Shroud of Oviedo (the cloth wrapped around Christs face shortly after his death) also were shown to be of blood type AB, lending credence to the evidence that Christs blood type was AB, and Hosts literally turn into His flesh and blood when consecrated.

Amazing coincidence or proof? Blood type AB is the universal recipient for blood transfusions, and all tested Hosts were found to be heart tissue (according to scientists, the heart tissue is said to be that of one in distress!). As we know, Christ will receive anyone into His heart who is willing.

Manila Cathedral Receives St. John Paul II’s Special Relic: A Vial Of His Blood

Manila Cathedral Receives St. John Paul II’s Special Relic: A Vial Of His Blood

Cardinal Dziwisz makes Christmas gift to Filipino Catholics.

The cathedral in Manila was blessed with a special gift this Christmas: a first-class relic of St. John Paul II — a vial of his blood given by his longtime aide Cardinal Stanislaus Dziwisz, archbishop emeritus of Krakow.

The rare relic was brought by a Poland-based Filipino nun who arrived in Manila on December 11.

“We hope to find a proper reliquary for it soon so that we could expose it for the veneration of the faithful,” a statement from the cathedral said.

John Paul II celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral in February 1981. Two months later he named the cathedral a minor basilica.

“It’s a great honor for the Manila Cathedral, our Mother Church, to be the custodian of this precious relic,” Church officials said.

The cathedral is currently celebrating the 60th anniversary of its post-war construction.

St. Pope John Paul II, Pray For Us! 

Chains Of St. Peter: The Miraculous Relic

Chains Of St. Peter: The Miraculous Relic

Chains of St. Peter enclosed in a glass box

Early after the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ, his followers and disciples were often hunted, imprisoned and executed. According to the laws of the time, the Apostles were criminals against the state.

Sadly, all of Christ’s apostle, expect Saint John the beloved was martyred. This includes the first pope, Saint Peter, who was imprisoned on multiple occasions, most famously in the Mamertine Prison in Rome where he was held until his execution around the year 67 AD and in Jerusalem under Herod.

During his earlier incarceration in Jerusalem, the Bible recounts a miraculous event where an angel rescued him from the prison.

“On the very night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter, secured by double chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison. Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying, “Get up quickly.” The chains fell from his wrists.” – Acts 12:6-7.

Today, the very chains that held Saint Peter in both the cell in Jerusalem and those from the Mamertine Prison in Rome are on display in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains) in Rome.

The cell in the Mamertine prison where Saint Peter was held

According to tradition, after receiving the chains from St. Peter’s imprisonment in Jerusalem from the empress of the Constantinople, Pope Leo The Great held them next to the chains from the Mamertine Prison in Rome, and the two chains miraculously fused together.

Considering that many of the saints and apostles were at one time prisoners and that Our Lord himself was a prisoner before His execution, it is no surprise that the Church has always taught that showing mercy to prisoners is of utmost importance. In fact, Visiting the Prisoner is one defined Corporal Works of Mercy that every Catholic is commanded to do.

While not every one of us is able to visit prisoners in jail, we can still meet our duty and help prisons in their spiritual needs. One powerful way to minister to prisoners is through MISSIO from the Pontifical Mission Societies.

Launched by Pope Francis himself, MISSIO is a new and innovative Catholic crowd-funding platform that allows you to directly help provide aid and assistance to the poorest areas around the world with the most need.

With MISSIO you can directly support the works of Catholic missionaries in the poorest and most desperate areas of the world, including prison ministry. Just some of the giving opportunities on MISSIO include helping prisoners in Rwanda attend Masshelping a priest mentor former prisons in Nigeriahelping a priest prevent abandoned children in Uganda from turning to a life of crime, or send general support for the Pope’s missions around the world.

Choose one of these missions of Pope Francis knowing that 100% of your donation will go directly there. Share about it on social media so others can support the projects also.

MISSIO is powered by The Pontifical Mission Societies, the Catholic Church’s official support organization for overseas missions since 1822, providing for a global network of people who are making a difference for communities in need around the globe.

Perform a Corporal Work of Mercy with MISSIO!

St. Peter, Pray for us! 

How To Venerate The Relic Of A Saint.

How To Venerate The Relic Of A Saint.

A basic and simple guide for those unfamiliar with the ancient practice.
The veneration of relics in the Catholic Church is an ancient tradition that dates back all the way to the New Testament. We can find its origins in the life of Jesus Christ (think of the woman who touched Jesus’ cloak and was healed). The Church has always treated the relics of saints in a special manner, preserving them and often putting them on display for the benefit of the faithful.

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