March 4, 2018


Onil is a town about 85 miles south of Valencia, in the eastern part of Spain. Nicolás Bernabeu had been an altar boy in the church there since he was little. On November 5, 1824, he stole the pyx that contained the Most Holy Sacrament and some other sacred objects from the church. The news of the robbery spread quickly, and when Bernabeu tried to sell the stolen objects to a businessman named Alicante, Alicante reported it to the authorities. Bernabeu was arrested, but did not want to reveal where he hid the pyx, which still contained the Blessed Sacrament. The faithful and the civil authorities looked for days all over the countryside but could not find the stolen goods.

On November 28, in the nearby town of Tibi, where Bernabeu lived, a woman named Teresa Carbonell found the Hosts. Immediately she returned her find to Onil, where she was received with great celebration.

Exactly 119 years later, on November 28, 1943, Don Guillermo Hijarrubia, delegate of the archbishop of Valencia, verified the complete preservation of the Host contained in the stolen pyx and confirmed that the uncorrupt condition of the Host was in fact miraculous.

To this day, one can admire the miraculous Host that has remained intact for almost two centuries in the parish church of St. James the Apostle in Onil.

Source: “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World,” a Vatican international exhibition, as reported by The Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration and Association,


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