Relic of Pope John Paul II’s Blood Stolen From Italian Cathedral

A faithful holds a picture of John Paul II as they greet Pope Francis as he arrives at the Jasna Gora shrine in Czestochowa, Poland July 28, 2016. Stefano Rellandini, Reuters File Photo
A faithful holds a picture of John Paul II as they greet Pope Francis as he arrives at the Jasna Gora shrine in Czestochowa, Poland July 28, 2016. Stefano Rellandini, Reuters File Photo
ROME – A gold and crystal casing holding drops of the blood of Saint Pope John Paul II was stolen from the cathedral of the central Italian city of Spoleto, its bishop said on Thursday.

The casing, known as a reliquary, was snatched on Wednesday from an altar dedicated to the Polish pope, who died in 2005 after a 27-year reign.

A sacristan who was closing the cathedral for the night discovered the theft of the reliquary, which encased a vial holding a few drops of blood.

Relics, which Catholics venerate as they pray to the saint, are usually pieces of a saint’s body or clothing.

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