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Australian journalist Mike Willesee has dedicated a quarter of his life to investigating claims of inexplicable miracles of Jesus Christ in a bid to prove that God exists.
The former skeptic turned devout Catholic first shone to stardom as a young political reporter for the ABC in the 1960’s, earning a reputation as a fearless interviewer.
But for the past 20 years Willesee has shrunk from the public spotlight, spending his time researching bizarre stories of ‘spiritual encounters’ across South America.
In an episode of Channel Seven’s Sunday Night, the 74-year-old took a look inside some of the Catholic Churches’ most debated and polarising ‘so-called miracles.’
Australian journalist Mike Willesee has spent 20 years investigating claims of so-called miracles within the Catholic Church
Willesee investigated a cheap plaster statue said to have wept tears of blood (pictured) in Bolivia. He said DNA tests revealed human blood was present on the statue
Willesee began with the ‘bleeding Host of Buenos Aires’ – the case of a discarded consecrated communion wafer that was said to have turned into blood and flesh.
The defiled host, meant to symbolise Jesus’ body in the religious sacrament, was found by a woman at an Argentinian church in 1996.
Over 20 years later, the priest who was originally given the fleshy communion declared that it was ‘strange and supernatural’ when questioned by Willesee.
An atheist forensic pathologist who was not told the nature of the case found traces of skin after testing, while a separate professor asserted it was human heart tissue.
Moving north to Bolivia, Willesee next sought to look into whether a cheap plaster statue of Jesus actually had tears and blood pour from it for two decades.
Thousands of parishioners have flocked to the church in Cochabamba since a female parishioner made the remarkable claim in 1995.
Video footage online appears to show tears falling from the statue, while believers point to unverified reports that an Australian lab found human blood in the tears.
‘Despite my personal and professional skepticism, I came here to see if this could somehow be happening,’ Willesee said.
‘I saw a statue of Christ with a face partially covered with what appeared to be dried blood. But as for tears and bleeding, I saw what I expected to see, which was nothing. But the locals had seen otherwise and they claimed it truly was a miracle.’
Willesee also looked into ‘the bleeding Host of Buenos Aires’- the case of a discarded consecrated communion wafer that was said to have turned into blood and flesh
The defiled host, meant to symbolise Jesus’ body in the religious sacrament, was found by a woman at the Argentinian church in 1996
Willesee interviewed the original owner of the statue, Sylvia Arebalo, who told him she believed the statue had since cried between 800 to 1000 tears in 20 years.
A three-dimensional scan found the statue had ‘not been tampered with’, while countless tests across the globe of the dried blood on the statue came up with the same result – human blood, mysteriously without a DNA result.
Another blood-stained wafer, this one from a cartel-ridden region in Mexico, was tested by the Australia Institute of Forensic Medicine, and found to have belonged to a woman.
‘The inability of 20 years of scientific research seeking clear answers to the other so-called miracles underlines the depth of this mystery, which means to me, this case is not closed,’ Willesee determined in his closing remarks.
The former skeptic turned devout Catholic first shone to stardom as a young political reporter for the ABC in the 1960’s, earning a reputation as a fearless interviewer
But viewers were not so open, taking to social media to slam Channel Seven for the ‘bizarre’ report, which some considered far-fetched and ‘comical’.
‘Judging from the tweets there will be about 5 viewers left by the end of this report. Bizarre,’ wrote Michael.
‘God: ‘ hmm.. Answer prayers of parent whose child has a brain tumour or make a statue weep.. Decisions,’ tweeted Jane.
‘This is nuts! You need the DNA of “Jesus” in the first place to compare it with the collected DNA to draw a conclusive conclusion?,’ questioned Jay.
A three-dimensional scan of a statue said to have wept bloody tears found it had ‘not been tampered with’
Viewers were not so open, taking to social media to slam Channel Seven for the ‘bizarre’ report