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Newman Society Completes Fourth Year of Promoting Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit

Denver Catholic Register articleHere at The Cardinal Newman Society we just wrapped up our fourth complete year of bringing the Eucharistic Miracles of the World exhibit to university campuses in the United States.  This semester, we've put on displays of the exhibit working with St. John's Catholic Newman Center at University of Illinois, Pius XII Newman Center at South Dakota State University, Saint Vincent College, St. Gregory's University, and Regis University. After visiting Regis in Denver, the Eucharistic Miracles exhibit made its way across town to the John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization, home of the Archdiocese of Denver Pastoral Center and two seminaries, where it will be on display for the rest of this week. Julie Filby at the Denver Catholic Register just did a great piece about the exhibit.
In eighth-century Italy, a priest who doubted whether the body of Christ was truly present in the Eucharist celebrated Mass. During the consecration the priest—along with others present—witnessed the host literally changing to flesh, and the wine to blood. The authenticity of the event, dubbed the “Miracle of Lanciano,” has been investigated since 1574, including examination by the World Health Organization in the 1970s. Scientific analysis concluded the flesh and blood to be real: of the human species, blood type AB, and specifically, the muscular tissue of the heart. An exhibit of photographs and historical accounts of eucharistic miracles, such as the Miracle of Lanciano, is on display in Denver this month. “Eucharistic Miracles of the World”—presented through a series of 72, 2-feet-by-3-feet panels—offers the faithful an opportunity to “virtually visit” places all over the world throughout the ages, by portraying bleeding hosts and other wonders from documented historical events. ... The exhibit was created by Italian teenager Carlo Acutis (1991-2006). During his short life—the youth died from an aggressive form of leukemia—Acutis researched and compiled a collection of 140 recognized eucharistic miracles. The cause for his beatification has been introduced in the Archdiocese of Milan. [Read more about Carlo here] The exhibit was initiated by the Pontifical Academy of Martyrs, an academic honorary society in Rome, established by the Church for the advancement of the cult of saints and martyrs. It operates with guidance from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and the Roman Curia. The Real Presence Eucharistic Adoration and Education Association promotes the exhibit in the United States; along with The Cardinal Newman Society, an organization that strives to strengthen Catholic identity in Catholic higher education. The Cardinal Newman Society has been sharing the exhibit on Catholic and secular college campuses since 2007. “The Cardinal Newman Society believes that devotion to the Eucharist is essential to Catholic universities’ Catholic identity,” said Adam Wilson, director of communications. “As part of our adoration campaign, we make the Eucharistic Miracles exhibit available. … We’re convinced that spreading devotion to the holy Eucharist is an absolutely necessary component to our mission of helping renew Catholic higher education.”
Be sure to read the rest of the article at the Denver Catholic Register. If you are interested to bring the Eucharistic Miracles exhibit to your campus, contact information is provided here.

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