Krakow Church's New Relic: Blood of John Paul II
Vial will be installed in altar following late pope's beatification
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 17, 2011 12:57 PM CST
In this Sept. 11, 2002 file photo, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, left, now pope, is seen with late Pope John Paul II during mass in St. Peter's Basilica.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito,File)

(Newser) – A vial holding the blood of Pope John Paul II will be installed in a Polish church as a relic, the AP reports. The vial will form part of the altar at a Krakow church due to open in May, the month of the late Polish pope's beatification. The city’s archbishop, a longtime friend and secretary of John Paul, proposed the idea—the blood has been in his care since it was drawn at a Rome hospital before John Paul's 2005 death.

 

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