Consecrated hosts found intact after Sto. Niño church fire in Manila

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 12 2020 10:17 PM | Updated as of Jul 12 2020 10:52 PM

A fire razes a part of the Santo Niño de Pandacan Parish in manila which reached third alarm in Manila on July 10, 2020. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - A ciborium with consecrated hosts was found intact after the fire that hit the Sto. Niño Church in Pandacan, Manila, its parish priest said Sunday.

In a report on CBCP News, Fr. Sanny de Claro of the Sto. Niño Church said the ciborium was among the only items recovered from the fire.

He added the ciborium was found Friday after the fire while some church workers were searching for the 400-year-old image of the Sto. Niño.

“When the ciborium was opened, the sacred host was there,” De Claro said in his homily.

“This is the biggest miracle. While looking for the image, the sacred host was found. We were pointed to Jesus,” he added.

The ciboriuum and the consecrated hosts are now in the San Fernando de Dilao Parish Church in Paco for safekeeping.

De Claro also announced the burning of the wooden image of the Sto. Niño and other religious icons.

Aside from the ciborium, they were able to recover one of the “tres potencias”, and the burned andador, scepter and the vestment that the image was wearing when the fire broke out.

Some liturgical objects were also left unscathed and can still be used. De Claro said the relics will be shown to the public in the coming days.

The fire hit the church Friday afternoon.