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The Catholic Defender: Eucharistic Miracle of Santarem Portugal


An unhappy woman lived in Santarem between the years of 1225 and 1247, because she was convinced that her husband was unfaithful.


She tried all the possible means to bring back her husband with out any results.


Desperate before her situation, she turned to sorcery visiting the soccer of the town.


She promised her that her husband would again love her like before, but with the condition that she would pay her with a consecrated Host.


This frightened very much the women, she knew this to be a sacrilege, but finally yield to it.


After receiving communion in her parish church of Saint Stephen, she did not consume the host but left the church immediately took the host out of her mouth and placed it in her head scarf.


On her way to the sorceress house, the Holy Host started to bleed.


The woman did not realized this was happening until the people passing by informed her, thinking that she was bleeding.


The woman’s heart started to panic. She went home and placed the Host covered in the scarf at the bottom of a chest made of wood where she kept personal items in her room. She remained there with fear all day until night time.


When her husband arrived late that evening, they went to sleep, with the possibility that she herself did not rest much. The guilt of her sin tormented her, and also the idea that perhaps the Host continued to bleed.

In the darkness of the room, a great miracle occurred. From the chest brilliant rays of light shined through, allowing the couple to awakened. They saw a spectacular vision of angles adoring the Holy Host bleeding.


The woman no longer contained herself and confessed the great sin to her husband.


Both repented and spent the rest of the night kneeling in adoration and reparation before the miraculous Host.


The next morning they informed the parish priest. He went to the house and heard the story from the woman. The priest returned the Host to the Church of St. Stephen in a solemn procession, accompanied by many priest and lay people.


The host continued to bleed for three days. Finally it was decided to place the holy host (still bleeding) in a reliquary made of beeswax. The holy host remained their until a second miracle occurred.

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