Dr Franco Serafini grew up, received his education and still lives in Bologna, Italy. He is an ordinary Catholic without any particular attributes or group affiliations except for his local home parish. He and his wife are happily married and have two children. Dr Serafini enjoys his work as a cardiologist at a local country hospital he rides his bicycle to on most days, weather permitting. So far, none of his colleagues living in Bologna have taken up the same commuting habit yet!
Around 2015, an unusual medico-scientific interest in a number of Eucharistic miracles overwhelmed the routine of his professional life, made of hospital ward rounds and outpatient clinics. He immediately realized the subject had an enormous importance in terms of its apologetic potential, although no one had ever systematically analyzed it with scientific rigor before. He wondered: “How could this be? Our Lord revealed his physical presence in the Eucharist and allowed forensic medicine to perform medical investigations on himself? Did CSI scientists actually describe his Flesh and Blood and nobody talked about it?”
Since then, in his spare time, Dr Serafini began collecting and appraising all available clinical evidence about five Eucharistic events officially recognized as miraculous by the Catholic Church. In the process, he made connections with the Polish, Mexican and Argentinian scientists who were involved in the most recent investigations. He also often travelled around the world to meet these experts along with local eye witnesses in person.
The book Un cardiologo visita Gesù – A cardiologist visits Jesus published in 2018 by Edizioni Studio Domenicano was the result of his hardheaded personal and comprehensive research. After the unexpected success of his book, Dr Serafini effectively became known as a reference person and medical expert in this mysterious and fascinating subject at the interface between science and faith.
Since 2018, Dr Serafini had to practically reinvent himself as a public speaker on this topic, as invited to give talks around Italy, release multiple radio and television interviews and participate in film and documentary shoots.
This is not over yet: his book has been recently published in Polish and is also due to be published very soon in both Spanish and English.