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Monday, January 27, 2014

Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said Monday. Franca Corrieri told Reuters she discovered a broken window early Sunday morning and called the police. When they entered the small stone church they found the gold reliquary and a crucifix missing. John Paul, who died in 2005, loved the mountains in the Abruzzo region. He would sometimes slip away from the Vatican to hike or ski there and pray in the church.





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"In 2011, John Paul's former private secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, now archbishop of Krakow in Poland, gave the local Abruzzo community some of the late pontiff's blood as a token of the love he had felt for the mountainous area."

Five years after the old boy died? What's Stanislaw got, I wondered, a vat of the stuff hidden away someplace? That may not be too far off the mark:

Cardinal Dziwisz has another unusual role in this sainthood process [for his old boss]. He has maintained samples of the late pope's blood that were taken from the pontiff during his final days in the hospital and from the assassination attempt on John Paul II in 1981, which occurred in the same location where the pope will be beatified Sunday.

"John Paul II is not the same as Jesus, but during the assassination he gave his blood, for the whole world. That's why for me, God means love. It means John Paul II gave his blood for the world for peace," Cardinal Dziwisz said.

Those blood samples will be used as relics, as is the Catholic tradition, and presented during the beatification and then given a place of honor in churches in Rome and Poland.

Definitely the medieval side of post-modern.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-01-27 03:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

Next, the thieves will rip off an ethics book!

#2 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-01-27 08:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

I can only assume they stole it in order to clone their own Pope.

#3 | Posted by visitor_ at 2014-01-27 09:27 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1


#4 | Posted by reitze at 2014-01-28 12:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

to be used in Black Magick

#5 | Posted by kenx at 2014-01-28 01:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

Actually, Kenx, it is one of only three such relics. It probably is a money thing.
But I am chuckling over this. If anyone represented the confounding of evil, it was this man, who merely travelled to Poland and dropped the Warsaw Pact without a shot. A thief in possession of this relic might actually have to return it.

#6 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-01-28 01:51 AM | Reply | Flag:

it is John Paul II's goodness that would theoretically attract a satanist or black witch
to use the relic for nefarious, blasphemous purposes. you're no doubt correct the theft
was for money only; a mafia type might want it just because he imagines he has special
dispensation, or just admiration for the late Pope.

#7 | Posted by kenx at 2014-01-28 05:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe some poor pilgrim got thirsty.

#8 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-01-28 06:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

As the British say, Bloddy Hell!

#9 | Posted by hawk at 2014-01-28 09:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

growing up catholic i can tell you that catholics are -------- collecting relics like pope's blood.

my grandmother, a sweet old swiss-born maid of 82, has a stupid relic from pius x-- it is a small piece of cloth which he briefly touched over 100 years ago which she absolutely reveres-- it's so stupid. she rubs it and prays to mary every ------ day and it is really annoying. but she makes kickass veal with mushroom cream sauce so i still like to visit her, despite her obvious lunacy.

#10 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-01-28 11:52 AM | Reply | Flag:


Not all Catholics are 82 years old living in another century.

#11 | Posted by eberly at 2014-01-28 11:59 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Not all Catholics are 82 years old living in another century."

true. many are younger, but headed on the same stupid path...

#12 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-01-28 12:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

NERFHERDER one can be Catholic and brilliant.


The same can not be said for the satanists who stole from a Church.

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2014-01-28 02:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

#13 How do you they are Satanists?

Maybe it's just one guy, trying desperately to find a way to turn his vampire friend back human again?

#14 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2014-01-28 07:10 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1


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