In 750 AD, whilst celebrating holy Mass in Lanciano, Italy, a priest experienced a terrible temptation to doubt the reality of God acting through His priesthood to effect transubstantiation. As the priest pronounced the words of consecration, the bread and wine physically transformed into what appeared to be flesh and blood.
In 1970, more than 1,200 years later, Professor Edoardo Linoli, a professor of anatomy and pathological histology, and of chemistry and clinical microscopy, and former head of the Laboratory of Pathological Anatomy at the Hospital of Arezzo, began a thorough examination of the miraculous substances. His study confirmed that the flesh and blood were of human origin. Then in 1973, an unbelieving World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations was granted permission to conduct its own barrage of five hundred tests to disprove it. Their tests took took fifteen months to complete. The scientific tests revealed:
- The coagulated substance is human blood, AB blood type, with the same protein distribution as found in normal, fresh blood.
- The Host is human muscular striated tissue of the myocardium, left ventricle (heart); arteries, veins, the branch of the vagus nerve and adipose tissue all can be identified.
- Like the blood, the flesh is also fresh, living tissue, because it “responded rapidly to all the clinical reactions distinctive of living beings.”
- Most remarkably, the blood is divided into five unequal-sized parts, and yet each part weighs exactly 15.85g, and all parts together also weigh the same 15.85g.