ITALY: The Corporal of Orvieto

In the ecclesiastical histories of the Roman Catholic Church, the "miracle of Bolsena is treated with a certain reserve But in Orvieto, some 70 miles north of Rome, it is a matter of such vital consequence that last week it precipitated a local political crisis.

The miracle (so runs local legend) concerns a Bohemian priest, Peter of Prague, who, on his way to see the Pope in the year of 1263, was tortured by doubts whether the wafer he consecrated really became Christ's body, as church doctrine said it was. Miraculously at Bolsena,...

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