Hundreds of people from different religions on September 2, 2018, thronged a church in Kerala for in the installation of a Host on which a face resembling that of Jesus appeared five years ago. His Grace Archbishop George Njaralakatt of Tellicherry led the Mass at Christ the King Church, Vilakannur, a remote village in the Kannur district of Kerala. He also installed the Host as a relic in the church.
Earlier, parish priest Father Jacob Kutikattukunnel and 14 parish committee members brought the relic from the Archbishop’s House in Tellicherry, some 70 km south of Vilakannur. Joy Parakudiyil, a parish committee member, claimed lots of spiritual changes have taken place in the area in the past five years. As reported by mattersindia.com, Joy remarked that “Those who had kept away have rediscovered their faith and started coming to the church. The relic is a blessing for our church and surrounding villages. The church draws now hundreds of people daily, and many of them are Hindus and Muslims.”
When the phenomenon occurred five years ago, more than 100,000 people flocked to the church in three years hearing the news that Jesus’s face appeared on the Sacred Bread during morning Mass. The phenomenon occurred when the then parish priest Father Thomas Pathickal was celebrating the 7 am Mass for a small group of parishioners. The archdiocese had kept the host at its headquarters in Tellicherry town, under the archbishop’s direct supervision all these years as stipulated by the Vatican guidelines on such matters.