At seven o’clock in the evening on August 18, 1996, an Argentinian priest was offering Holy Mass at a Catholic church in Buenos Aires. As he finished distributing Holy Communion, a woman approached to tell him she had found a discarded Sacred Host at the back of the church. When he arrived at the spot indicated, the priest saw the defiled Sacred Host. Since he was unable to consume it, he put it in a container of water and placed it in the tabernacle. Eight days later upon opening the tabernacle, he saw to his amazement that the Host had turned into a bloody substance. 

The priest informed his archbishop, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis), who ordered that the Host be photographed. The photos were taken on September 6 and clearly show that the Host, which had become a fragment of bloodied flesh, had grown significantly in size. For several years the Host remained in the tabernacle, and the whole affair was kept a strict secret. When it was discovered three years later that the Host had suffered no visible decomposition, Cardinal Bergoglio decided to have it scientifically analyzed. A portion of the Host was taken to New York, in October of 1999, for a scientific analysis. The forensic team of scientists were unaware of the origins of the sample.

The official report read:

The analyzed material is a fragment of the heart muscle found in the wall of the left ventricle, close to the valves…The heart muscle is in an inflammatory condition and contains a large number of white blood cells. This indicates that the heart was alive at the time the sample was taken…. What is more, white blood cells had penetrated the very tissue, which further indicated that the heart had been under severe stress, as if the owner had been beaten severely about the chest.

Anonymous Priest, “Divine Delayed Absolution”

Not only did the analysis find that fragment came from a living, inflamed, and traumatized heart, but the scientists also discovered that the blood type of the miraculous piece of human flesh was AB — most likely AB-positive. All of the blood relics of our Lord from other Eucharistic miracles share this same blood type, including the shroud of Turin, the Sudarium, and the Eucharistic miracle at Lanciano, just to name a few. AB is the rarest of all blood types; only about 3% of the world’s population have AB-positive and less than 1% have AB-negative. 

The AB blood type unique because of its universal receptivity. It is the only blood type that can receive blood from anyone. Almost all people are limited in who they can receive blood from, yet the rare blood-type AB is compatible with all other blood-types. The many Eucharistic miracles throughout history all seem to reiterate this profound message. Through the blood shed during His holy passion, Christ can receive anyone into His mystical body. Our Lord is not limited. His Most Precious Blood offers salvation to all, if only we, in turn, give ourselves entirely to Him.

Yet there is more. Not only is AB the universal recipient, but this blood type is also the universal plasma donor. It is the only plasma that can be given to anyone. In a real and physical way, Christ not only receives – He gives. Grace flows fourth from his pierced side. When His Most Sacred Heart was pierced by the lance, both Blood and Water flowed from the wound. His Divine Blood and grace flowed forth. Once again, the physical nature of Our Dearest Lord gives us a glimpse into what is going on spiritually. Christ pours out His grace on us with, what might seem, almost wasteful love. Anyone can receive it. Christ offers His salvation to all. Yet even with all the abundance of grace that our Lord pours out on us, it takes a choice, an act of the will, for us to be united to Christ in His Most Precious Blood. We must choose to give ourselves to Him.

Christ poured out every drop of His Blood for us so that we might have salvation through Him. He continually extends to us the Blood He shed on Calvary in the Holy Mass. In this mystical re-presentation, this extension of His sacrifice through time, Christ gives us the fullness of His Body and Blood. Through this gift, we are able to both spiritually and physically unite ourselves to His mystical Body and receive the grace we need to continue on the path to heaven. This Eucharistic miracle is yet another proof of how the Blessed Sacrament is indeed the true Body and Blood of our Lord, re-presented through time in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. What unfathomable love!

Prayer of the Fatima children, taught to them by the angel:

“My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love you. I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You.”

Works Cited

“Divine Delayed Absolution,” Homily. Regena Prophetarum,, April 9, 2020.