Poland, June 21, 2016
A Catholic bishop in Poland says the Vatican
has approved the veneration of a Bleeding Host as “Eucharistic Miracle.”
“I hope that this will serve to deepen
the cult of the Eucharist and will have deep impact on the lives of people
facing the Host,” Bishop Zbigniew Kiernikowski of Legnica told reporters
on June 19.
On December 25, 2013, a Consecrated
Host fell to the ground during a Christmas Day Mass. Bishop Kiernikowski
said the parish priest immediately placed the Host in a container of water.
Soon after red stains began to appear on the Host, according to catholicsay.com.
Following this Miraculous discovery,
the then-Bishop of Legnica, Stefan Cichy, set up a commission to monitor
Two months after the appearance of the red
stains, a Small Piece of the Host was placed on a corporal and was tested
by many research institutes.
“In February 2014, a tiny red fragment
of the Host was separated and put on a corporal. The Commission ordered
to take samples in order to conduct the thorough tests by the relevant
research institutes,” said Bishop Kiernikowski
The final medical statement by the
Department of Forensic Medicine found that “in the histopathological
image, the fragments (of the Host) were found containing the fragmented
parts of the cross striated muscle. It is most similar to the heart muscle.
Tests also determined the tissue to be of human origin, and found that
it bore signs of distress.”
Bishop Kiernikowski said he took this case
to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as he
believed that the Bleeding Host is “A Eucharistic Miracle.”
The Vatican approved the findings
and reports of the case in April and recommended the parish priest, Fr.
Andrzej Ziombrze, “to prepare a suitable place” for the Host
so that the faithful could venerate it.
“We see the Mysterious Sign
as an extraordinary act of love and goodness of God, who comes to humans
in ultimate humiliation,” Bishop Kiernikowski added.