This heart, he lamented, “is so outraged, so abandoned, so despised … that sometimes we don’t treat it as we should, with greater care, with more faith, with more dedication.”
For Spahn, “perhaps the Church will never make an official judgment, because it doesn’t need one either.”
“I’m not saying it’s a miracle officially, because I don’t have the authorization to do it,” he said.
“The archdiocese hasn’t been consulted about it because we were just passing through; now I’m in another diocese preaching,” he said, and explained that the local priest will be able to look for “people to sign and give testimony of what they saw, and this documentation can be sent to the appropriate person.”
A blessed photo of Blessed Carlo Acutis
Spahn also told ACI Prensa that hours before what happened in the Mexican parish he had blessed a picture frame with a photo of Blessed Carlo Acutis, who had a deep devotion to eucharistic miracles and used the Internet to make them better known.
The photo, he said, “was sealed with glass,” but that night “the photo began to ooze oil.”
“I’m simply saying that without making any judgments about it,” he said.
After the videos went viral on social media, the priest was contacted by telephone by Carlo Acutis’ mother, Antonia, with whom “we talked about this event, that we cannot officially call it a miracle, because the Church has to confirm that.”
“We are only saying that it’s an extraordinary occurrence that has no explanation to our limited natural science. We didn’t find any explanation,” he said.
Ana Paula Morales contributed to this article.
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This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.