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Eucharistic miracles of Central and Southern Italy


Our itinerary of the Eucharistic Miracles in Central-Southern Italy begins in Lazio, that is, in Rome
On the altar step in the Caetani Chapel, in the Church of Santa Pudenziana, it is still possible to see today a miraculous imprint and blood stain left in 1610 by a host. The host had fallen from the hands of a rather learned priest who doubted the presence of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. 

In Alatri, in the Cathedral of St. Paul the Apostle, the relic of the Miracle of 1228 is kept. A Host transformed into flesh after it had been robbed by a young woman who, on the advice of a sorceress, wanted to reconquer her lost love. The girl wrapped the host up in an article of clothing, but upon her return home, she realized that the Host had become bleeding flesh. 

In Bolsena (Province of Viterbo), in 1264, as in Lanciano and Rome, a consecrated Host changed into flesh during a mass being celebrated by a doubtful priest. Yet that which he doubted, the presence of the Body of Christ in the consecrated Host, is said to have shown itself physically. These miraculous relics are located today in the Duomo of Orvieto in Umbria.

In the Region of Abruzzo, at Lanciano, the Church of St. Francis holds the relics of the earliest-known Eucharistic Miracle (from 750 A.D.). 
During Holy Mass a priest, doubtful of the Body of the Lord’s presence in the Sacramental Host, witnessed its transformation into flesh - and that of the wine into blood - after he had pronounced the words of the consecration. 

Traveling further south to the Campania region, we find ourselves in the Parish Church of St. Peter the Apostle of Patierno (a peripheral quarter of northeastern Naples) where, during the night of January 27, 1772, two host containers with 100 consecrated hosts were purloined. Some children later found the Hosts at the trunk of a poplar tree, above which they had seen a bright light and a dove that then flew to rest at the base of the tree. 

An official statement from the Church’s Vicar declares: “We claim, decree and announce that the witnessed apparition of lights and the preservation of the Consecrated Hosts, intact after many days buried under the soil, is an authentic and esteemed Miracle performed by God.” 

In the Province of Salerno, at San Mauro La Bruca, 63 hosts were pilfered from the Parochial Church of St. Euphemia. During that night, on July 25, 1969, the hosts remained intact despite the passing of a rather long period of time. (Such mirrors the events of the Eucharistic Miracle of Siena.) 

In Trani, in Apulia, in the Church of St. Andrew sits the Relic of the Eucharistic Miracle from about the year 1000. A woman, incredulous of the Eucharist, stole a host during Holy Mass. Once she arrived home, she put the consecrated Host inside a pan of burning oil; all of a sudden, a large quantity of blood began to ooze from the Particle. 

Traveling to Mogoro, in Oristano Province on the Island of Sardinia, we can observe the imprint left in the floor by two Hosts, fallen from two sinners’ hands in the Church of St. Bernard. Every year, on the Sunday following Easter, a Church procession of the Eucharist is held in memory of the phenomenon. 

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Church of Santa Pudenziana  - Rome (Lazio)

Address: Via Urbana, 160

Cathedral of St. Paul the Apostle -  Alatri (Frosinone - Lazio)

Address: Piazzale dell'Acropoli

Duomo of Orvieto – Orvieto (Terni – Umbria)

Address: Via del Duomo, 26 


Church of St. Francis – Lanciano (Chieti, Abruzzo) 

Address: Corso Roma, 1

Parish Church of St. Peter the Apostle
 – Patierno (Naples, Campania)

Address: Piazza Giovanni Guerrino

Parish Church of Sant'Eufemia - San Mauro la Bruca  (Salerno – Campania)

Address: Piazza Chiesa

Church of St. Andrew – Trani (Barletta-Andria-Trani – Apulia)

Address: Via Mario Pagano 

Church of St. Bernard – Mogoro (Oristano – Sardinia)

Address: Piazza Giovanni XXIII