Argentine Parish Where Eucharistic Miracles Occurred Receives Relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis

The relic was received at a May 8 Mass.

Blessed Carlo Acutis developed an exhibit highlighting Eucharistic miracles, including those at Santa María parish.
Blessed Carlo Acutis developed an exhibit highlighting Eucharistic miracles, including those at Santa María parish. (photo: / Courtesy of

On the 29th anniversary of the first Eucharistic miracle that took place in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires’ Santa María parish, the community received a first-class relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis.

Three Eucharistic miracles have taken place in this parish, in May 1992, July 1994 and August 1996. The history and investigation of these events are included in the “Eucharistic Miracles of the World” exhibition designed and created by Bl. Carlo Acutis.

The relic was received at a May 8 Mass.

The pastor of Santa María, Father Alberto Sorace, said that “it’s no small thing that this Eucharistic sign happened on the feast day of the Virgin of Luján.”

“We are in a time of tremendous grace,” he explained, because, despite the pandemic and other difficulties, “the faith remains firm,” individually and as a community.

He added, “Not because of our merits, God entrusted us with this sign that becomes a task, a challenge.”

“As confirmation of this journey traveled, the Lord gives us the presence of the Blessed” as “a companion on the journey,” so he can “help in this transmission, in this narration of the events that occurred,” the priest continued, noting it is “a verbal narrative that is transmitted with fidelity” but “that also has to be translated not only into a sign, but also into deeds.”

The pastor thanked the laity who arranged for the relic to come to the parish and gave each of them a third-class relic of Blessed Acutis.

On the feast of the Assumption in 1996, a Host fell to the ground during the distribution of Communion and was placed in a container with water to dissolve. Ten days later, it had transformed into blood.

An analysis conducted by professor Ricardo Castañón Gómez revealed the presence of human DNA and blood.

In 2000, American tissue expert Dr. Robert Lawrence found that the samples had human skin and white blood cells. After further studies had been performed by additional experts, in 2003, Lawrence concluded that the tissue was that of an inflamed heart, which means that “the person to whom it belonged must have suffered a lot.”

In 2005, Castañón Gómez asked another expert, professor Frederick Zugibe of Colombia University, to investigate. The scientist identified the tissue as coming from the left ventricle and determined it to be living tissue that came from a suffering person.

Castañón Gómez concluded that, through this miracle “the Lord wanted to show us his myocardium, which is the muscle that gives life to the whole heart, just as the Eucharist does with the Church. And why the left ventricle? Because that's where the purified blood comes from, and Jesus is the one who purifies his Church from her sins."