Fact or fiction?
Images of the Madonna
and Jesus shed blood and the scientists say:
"AN EXTRAORDINARY AND AMAZING PHENOMENON"
Note: This English translation was made
from a French translation of the original Italian document. You can
view the Italian document at
which has photos of the event and the French document
at Le Secret de Marie révélé. We are endeavoring to confirm details
with Italian authorities; consider this a very initial report. It
was signed at the bottom by well-known author Renzo Allegri
now and then one reads in the news that some Image of the Madonna is
weeping. Sometimes these tears are blood and the news are then much more
impressive. The skeptics smile; the ecclesiastical authorities evaluate
the event with great prudence, with good reason, and they avoid making
definite judgments; science does not get involved, and if it does, it is
at the level practiced by amateurs. Then, as time passes, the event
becomes less interesting, fades from memory, and is soon forgotten. Only
in very rare cases is the event of such importance that it is
acknowledged as true and real and is then certified as authentic and of
a supernatural origin. An example is the research that was carried out
on the "Weeping Madonna of Syracuse." [It was declared authentic and of
We will now tell you of a recent similar event, still unknown, which
reveals itself to be truly astounding because the first judgment
released came from science, science at the highest level, a judgment
that opens viewpoints to amazing hypotheses.
The event involves two Sacred Icons that shed tears of blood on two
separate occasions. The two Icons belong to Padre Pietro Maria Chiriatti,
59 years old, a Priest since 1990, founder of a small Congregation
called "The Missionnaries of Our Lady of the Quarry," who lives in a
modest dwelling in Alberobello, Puglia,Italy. Padre Pietro tells us:
The phenomenon lasted thirty minutes and was
witnessed by other persons whom Padre Pietro had immediately called.
This event was recorded on video tape. Padre Pietro wiped the blood with
a handkerchief and sent it to a laboratory to be tested.
Approximately one year later, on the 27 May 2004, the phenomenon
repeated itself on another Icon of Padre Pietro that represents the Face
of Jesus as it appears on the Shroud of Turin. This time it was more
than a weeping Icon, it was a bloody sweat. The Face of Jesus was
striped by seven streaks of blood that trickled down from the forehead,
along the cheeks, over the beard, and running over the picture frame of
the Icon. Padre Pietro, frightened, called out to all who were in the
house to come and see; he then telephoned the police, the parish priest
and the doctor. This phenomenon lasted for one and a half hours and was
witnessed by about 50 persons.
Once again, Padre Pietro collected some of the blood and sent the sample
to the same laboratory where he had previously sent the blood that had
appeared on the Face of the Virgin. And it was here, in this scientific
laboratory, where the extraordinary characteristics of these related
events became known. It must be made very clear that this laboratory is
one of the most prestigious in Europe. It is the Genetics Forensic
Laboratory of the University of Bologna, equipped with the most modern
sophisticated equipment with a team of researchers, doctors and
biologists University Professors. This laboratory specializes in
everything related to DNA. It works with Secret Services and Police of
many nations and is in contact with other similar laboratories of other
This laboratory has Scientific Authority, therefore a verdict released
by this laboratory is of indisputable [unquestionable] value.
After carrying out all the tests, the laboratory researchers sent Padre
Pietro an official document stating, in resume,
"The blood is human blood, of group AB,
male, and was found to be identical in
the two samples tested, the blood from the
tears from the Icon of the Virgin
and the blood that appeared of the Face of
Jesus are the same." But there is
more, the document continues from its
evaluations to something that seems really
incredible: "the configuration of the
genetic features found in the Y chromosome
does not correspond to any of the
configurations present in the world wide
data bank where the data of 22,000 male
subjects from 187 different populations
And further on we read:
"This blood is so rare that it must be
considered as almost unique.
By calculation, the statistical
probability of finding, in the course
of millennia, a typology of the same blood
type, is almost nil, the
mathematical probability of this happening
is in the order of
1 in 200 billion possible cases."
[In other words 1 on 200,000,000,000.]
What does all this mean? In the first place, the data
obtained excludes in an absolute manner any case of fraud, deception or
deceit: there is no one in the world who could be in a position to
produce blood with similar characteristics. On the other hand, because
we are dealing with a unique type of blood, the data indicates that it
belongs to only one single Person and to no other person in all of
humanity's history. Therefore it comes from a Man who has no ancestor
and no descendant [offsprings]. Therefore it becomes quite clear and if
we go to the Gospels and see what is written there about Jesus, [we
learn there that He was] a Man unlike all others (unique) with these
characteristics. While on this subject, it is quite significant that the
blood which appeared on the Image of the Virgin is identical to the
blood which appeared on the Face of the Image of Jesus. We could say
from these results that we possibly could have for the first time ever
the scientific data concerning the physical Person of Jesus: the DNA of
Jesus, God Incarnated in a Body that is and will remain unique.
It is still too early to arrive at a final conclusion, but the verdict
from science is, for all purposes, precise, public and without
ambiguity. The scholars [researchers] who released this information did
it in a cold [controlled], mathematical, but very clear language. They
have specifically affirmed that they found themselves in front of
something unique. And they are the ones, accustomed to scientific
precision, to show with wonder, the extraordinary nature of these
results. In a private letter to Padre Pietro, one of the researchers
wrote: "these are results to stun with amazement even a statue." And
again: "faced with the results of these analyses is incredible to me,
and that is not saying much to say this, I could not even succeed in
hiding my tears." And another one told him: "This is real human blood,
but it seems to really come from another world."
The ecclesiastical authorities are naturally aware of these facts and
are presently investigating and evaluating them. Their prudence
[caution] will be tremendous, and with good reason, for it is right that
it should be so. But the scientific results lead one to think that we
are perhaps faced with a supernatural Sign of exceptional importance.
Blood Type Found In Icons Is
Same As In Shroud Of Turin And 'Lanciano Miracle'
by Michael Brown
The blood analyzed recently from two
weeping icons in Italy and found to possess extraordinary, unique
characteristics is of the AB blood type -- the same type reported in the
well-known bleeding Host miracle at Lanciano, Italy, and also detected on the
famed Shroud of Turin.
It was last week
that word came from noted Italian author Renzo
Allegri [left] that blood genetically analyzed from the weeping icons was tested
by a prestigious university and allegedly found to be unique to earth -- unlike
any genetic structure in the world blood bank. The odds against it being of the
particular genetic structure, reported the researchers, were 200 billion to one.
implication is potentially astonishing: that the blood came from a source
that was not preceded by a similar genetic type and was not inherited (as of
course Jesus's Blood, if this was His actual genetic structure, would not have
been inherited). Of course, because something is supernatural does not mean the
process of discernment is over.
Meanwhile the general blood type is
doubly noteworthy because AB occurs in only four percent
of the general populace. That it would be the blood type of both the
Lanciano Host and the Shroud seems to veer above coincidence.
event involves two sacred icons that shed tears of blood on
two separate occasions. They belong to Padre
Pietro Maria Chiriatti, 59, founder of a small Congregation called "The
Missionaries of Our Lady of the Quarry," who lives in a modest dwelling in
Alberobello, Puglia, Italy.
Let us caution that we are still
investigating and confirming this. For that reason, consider such reports
preliminary. But they do come from a
credible author-journalist. The alleged
phenomena first occurred with an icon of the Madonna in 2003, then the following
year, in 2004, on a second icon, this one, ironically, a representation of the
Shroud of Turin that Father Chiriatti owns.
It was at the
Genetics Forensic Laboratory of the University of Bologna, equipped with
the most modern sophisticated equipment with that a team of researchers,
doctors, and biologists University Professors found the amazing characteristics,
reports Allegri. And it came hard on the heels of a similar determination, again
by Italian scientists, that blood from another situation, in Citavecchia, is
"The blood is human blood, of group AB, male,
and was found to be identical in the two samples tested, the blood from the
tears from the Icon of the Virgin and the blood that appeared of the Face
of Jesus are the same," the team reported, adding that "the configuration of
the genetic features found in the Y chromosome does not correspond to any of
the configurations present in the world wide data bank where the data of
22,000 male subjects from 187 different populations is kept."
"This blood is so rare that it must be
considered as almost unique. By calculation, the statistical probability of
finding, in the course of millennia, a typology of the same blood type, is
almost nil, the mathematical probability of this happening is in the order
of 1 in 200 billion possible cases."
was during the eighth century that a Communion Host now kept in a church
in Lanciano is said to have suddenly changed into the actual Flesh and
Blood of Christ while a doubting priest -- no longer sure of the Real
Presence -- was celebrating Mass. More astonishing still, the evidence
remains to this day. Since 1713 the Flesh has been reserved in an
ostensorium, delicately embossed by an artisan of the
Neapolitan school, while the Blood is enclosed in a rich and very old
at Lanciano in the Church of St. Francis.
investigations have been conducted through the centuries, but none more
pertinent than tests carried forth with modern technology. In 1970-71
and again in 1981 there were major
investigations by an illustrious
scientist named Odoardo Linoli, eminent Professor in Anatomy and
Pathological Histology and in Chemistry and Clinical Microscopy, and
Professor Ruggero Bertelli of the University of Siena.
The analyses were documented
with a series
of microscopic photographs and what they showed was that: the
Flesh and the Blood were real; the Flesh is striated cardiac muscular
material; the Blood was formed in five clots; both the Flesh and Blood
have the same blood-type; and that the blood type is AB.
It is a blood-type identical
to what a scientist named Baima Bollone and others -- including American
scientists -- uncovered in the Holy Shroud of Turin.
In 1978, a team of thirty U.
S. scientists, many from the Jet Propulsion Lab in California, came
together for the Shroud of Turin Research Project. The Archbishop at the
Cathedral of Turin in Torino, Italy, where the Shroud was housed from
1694 to 1993, gave permission for the group to study the relic.
Examinations were made and
over thirty sticky-tape samples representative of the body images, blood
stains, and non-image areas were taken. Later the group asked a
Connecticut professor to do analyses on a small fragment from the shroud
samples and concluded it was blood-derived -- and what was more,
of a pattern similar to what was also found on the
Sudarium of Oviedo, Spain,
which is also AB.
Sudarium -- reputedly the burial
face cloth of Jesus -- has no image but does have the fascinating blood
stains, which have been analyzed. Both tradition and scientific studies
claim that the cloth was used to cover and clean the face of Jesus after
So three major Christian
relics that are supposed to have Christ's Blood do have
blood-derived particles and all three also indicate type AB. To them can
now be added the icons, although there have not yet been any tests
detailing the specific genetic patterns in the Shroud, the Sudarium, and
the Host of Lanciano, to see if they may more exactly match the Bologna
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