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News of Desecrated Hosts in Spain Followed By Report of Eucharistic Miracle in U

Nov 30, 2015 By Gretchen Filz

Over Thanksgiving week two similar news stories emerged that have been widely shared on social media. The subject of each was a Consecrated Host, yet each was in stark contrast to the other.


The first was the story of over 240 stolen Hosts that were displayed as "art" in Pamplona, Spain. The "artist" attended Mass multiple times and received Holy Communion in the hand, without consuming the Hosts. Instead he kept them and used them to spell the word Pederastia (Spanish for pederasty) on the ground as a public exhibit. The sacrilegious display of desecrated Hosts was permitted and endorsed by the city council Department for Culture, which is actually a crime by Spanish law.



The next day, reports were spreading of a Eucharistic miracle in the United States in the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Kearns.

On November 8th a boy received the Holy Eucharist at Mass, but he had not yet made his First Holy Communion. A relative of the boy, realizing the mistake, retrieved the Host and gave it back to the priest after Mass concluded. As is customary, the Host was placed in a glass of water to dissolve so that it could be properly disposed.

However, on the third day after being placed in the water, the Host appeared to bleed.

Possible Eucharistic Miracle reported in Diocese of Salt Lake City

As reported by Fox 13: Salt Lake City on November 25th:

KEARNS, Utah -- The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City is investigating an event that some are calling a miracle inside the Saint Xavier church in Kearns.

Last week, during the holy communion, a host was returned to the Father overseeing the service. A host is the small wafer handed out as part of the communion. The father placed the host in glass of water near the head of the church. Typically, the host will dissolve away in a few minutes.

Three days later, members of the church say the host was still floating and it appeared to be bleeding. Word spread, and the church filled with people. For a short time, the host was on display.

The Salt Lake City Diocese has taken possession of the host, appointing a committee to look into the incident. The head of the committee, Monsignor M. Francis Mannion issued this statement:

"Recently, reports of a bleeding host at St. Francis Xavier Church in Kearns have been circulating within the diocese. Monsignor Colin F. Bircumshaw, Diocesan Administrator, has appointed an ad hoc committee of individuals with various backgrounds to investigate the matter. The work of the committee is now underway. The results will be made public.

The host is now in the custody of the Diocesan Administrator. Contrary to rumor, there are NO current plans for public exposition or adoration.

Whatever the outcome of the investigation, we can use this time to renew our faith and devotion in the greatest miracle -- the Real Presence of Jesus Christ that takes place at every Mass."

Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Committee Chair

There are no plans to make the host available for public view or adoration, according to the Diocese. However, the results of the investigation will be made public when it is complete.


The Diocese of Salt Lake City has released the report from their investigation and determined that the above incident was not a miracle and the red coloration was due to natural causes.

Holy Father in Eucharistic Adoration


God has permitted the grace of many Eucharistic Miracles throughout Church history which you can read about here. But, as Msgr. M. Francis Mannion reminds us above, this "bleeding Host" is a miracle that happens at every Mass; it is the reality of what we are truly receiving in our bodies with each reception of Holy Communion. We literally receive the actual Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.

Read Pope Francis’ Eucharistic Miracle in Argentina

Once in a while, when the faithful need it the most, God pulls back the curtain of our senses to show us the reality of what our Catholic Faith has always taught. And just such a moment was when our Eucharistic Lord was shamefully and perversely desecrated in Pamplona.

As it happened last week, the news of the desecrated Hosts and the Eucharistic Miracle were appearing almost side-by-side. If we did not flinch interiorly at the news of the desecration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, the news of the miracle was there to keep our hearts in check.

May this "Divine Coincidence" teach us to be more faithfully devoted to the Holy Eucharist and its proper reverence, and, after the manner of Our Lord, to pray in reparation for sacrilegious acts against Him: "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:24).

The reality behind desecrating Our Lord in the Eucharist, from Catholic Teen Posts


Jesus, my God, my Savior, true God and true Man, with that most profound homage with which the faith itself inspires me, I adore and love Thee with my whole heart, enclosed in the most august Sacrament of the Altar, in reparation for all the acts of irreverence, profanation, and sacrilege, which I may ever have been so unhappy as to have committed, as well as for all such like acts that ever have been done, or which may be done, though God forbid they should be, in ages yet to come.

I adore Thee, therefore, my God, not indeed as Thou deservest, nor as much as I am bound to adore, but as far as I am able; and I would that I could adore Thee with all the perfection of which all reasonable persons are capable. Amen.

Possible Eucharistic Miracle reported at St. Francis Xavier Church in Kearns from Communion Host at Mass on November 8, 2015.

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S.Murphy says
Dec 17 2015 5:24AM
Isn't it funny that evil points the way to truth, as it won't waste it's time attacking anything less nor can it help itself. You never hear of a black service only a black Mass, that in itself tells you that the Mass is holy.
Jennifer DeFillippo
Jennifer DeFillippo says
Dec 13 2015 9:29AM
O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine ~ All praise and all thanksgiving be ever moment THINE!!! ~ Amen.
Violeta says
Dec 3 2015 11:56AM
Carole stammen
Carole stammen says
Dec 1 2015 11:42PM
Lord have mercy on our souls. The battle between good and evil is very apparent and strong. St Michael pray for us
Debra says
Dec 1 2015 7:52PM
I had never heard of people stealing the host until I attended Mass in Asheville NC.

There were men stationed at each side of the altar, making sure the host was consumed before the person walked away.

M. Zachman
M. Zachman says
Dec 1 2015 2:53PM
If the man in Spain did NOT believe that Jesus was truly present - body and blood - in the Host - he would not have felt it necessary to use "consecrated" Hosts for his exhibition! Even the devil knows that Jesus is present in consecrated Hosts, however, many Catholics do not believe. Why? O ye of little faith.
Suzette Vallieres
Suzette Vallieres says
Dec 1 2015 2:15PM
Oh, my poor Lord I weep for thy great sacrifice and this horrible crime we have allowed to happen to you. Sweet and Precious Lord and savior forgive us and forgive those in authority over us that they have allowed your children to receive communion in their hands...their dirty hands. Lord, please tell Pope Francis to make us receive communion again only in our mouths so no one one can ever steal you and put you on the ground again. I am horrified and weeping.
Susan Villaflor
Susan Villaflor says
Dec 1 2015 2:02PM
Nes, don't call us Catholics names. We are not stupid & we are not blind. May God open your heart to Him so you will see how great His compassion & mercy to all His creatures. He deserves all the love, worship & respect the One true & almighty God! Amen !!!
nes vidal
nes vidal says
Dec 1 2015 6:14AM
Someone respects. his country's flag so much but fails to love his fellow countrymen. People love an old statue of Jesus he can step , wrestle or even trample on people just to be able to touch the statue. That host is no different from the blood crying statue. It's all idolatry that brings down Catholicism and blind stupid followers.
Stuart P. D. Fraser
Stuart P. D. Fraser says
Nov 30 2015 11:00PM
Greetings trust all is well one must be totally honest I am a catholic and as a retiree one has quite a lot of time on their hands and in this day and age I'm not surprised these type of miracles are occurring; they are to a sure us our Lord is watching over us and to give us hope that he is looking after all of us... take care.
Lake Bearden
Lake Bearden says
Nov 30 2015 9:57PM
Cindy Day
Cindy Day says
Nov 30 2015 9:06PM
Want to keep following this, I do believe in miracles
Alice Gatto
Alice Gatto says
Nov 30 2015 7:32PM
In this age of disbelief, it is very strange that this artist would use the Consecrated Host as a means to show his contempt for the priests that committed sins against children in their care and those that covered for them.

I wouldn't think that he'd believe that this could anger and horrify faithful believers the way it has. I feel that he just want a big splash of publicity and to slap the face of the abusers If he had any understanding of the heart of a Catholic (not the church as an institution) of an ordinary person. Perhaps, he might have chosen differently. His hateful and disgusting display will be forgotten by the ever ravenous media, but we, the faithful, will make reparation for his desecration of Our Savior's Body and Blood by prayer and sacrifice long after his name has vanished. We will also pray for him in this upcoming Year of Mercy. That he should come to know his sin and repent.
Carmen Csson
Carmen Csson says
Nov 30 2015 7:29PM
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have Mercy on us and on the whole world ??
Letizia says
Nov 30 2015 7:15PM
I adore and revere the SACRED HOST and pray that no one else desecrate IT in any way shape or form, Amen!

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Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion through content writing and journalism. She works as a digital content writer, creator, and marketer for The Catholic Company. In addition to blogging at, she is also editor of the daily devotional email and author at She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics and converted to the Catholic Church in 2011. She is also active in R.C.I.A., pro-life work, and various faith-based web projects.

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