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Blood of Bl. John Paul II becomes relic for altar in Krakow church

June 13, 2011

A vial of blood taken from Blessed John Paul II has been placed in the altar of a church in Krakow, Poland, where the late Pontiff once served as archbishop.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the longtime secretary to John Paul II who is now Archbishop of Krakow, said that the blood--which is now venerated as a relic--recalls the suffering of Pope John Paul when he was shot by a would-be assassin in May 1981. The blood was actually drawn from the Pontiff by physicians who were treating him during his final illness in 2005.


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