MANILA, March 19, 2014— Relics of Pope John Paul II will arrive for public display in Manila, kicking off a two-month tour of the country that will hit at least 10 locations.
From his bloodstain and hair strands, to his papal zucchetto and part of his cassock, these important relics will be displayed and will be available for veneration by the faithful.
The exhibit is part of the “Totus Tuus Tour”, organized by the Office for the Cause for Canonization of Blessed Ivan Merz in the Philippines, on the occasion of the late pope’s canonization on April 27.
The Polish pontiff is to be declared a saint at a service celebrated to be celebrated by Pope Francis. A number of heads of state and several hundred thousand pilgrims are expected in Rome for the occasion.
Totus Tuus is a Latin phrase for “totally yours” which was John Paul II’s apostolic motto.
Bro. Dave dela Cruz, the event’s chairman, said, there will be two sets of relics, many of which are coming from Poland and Rome.
The relics will be on display at the following locations:
- Radio Veritas Chapel in Quezon City on April 1;
- Blessed John Paul II Parish in Eastwood, Quezon City on April 26 to May 18;
- St. Joseph Parish in Upper Bicutan, Taguig City on May 9 to 12;
- Holy Cross Parish in Matingain, Lemery, Batangas on May 13 to 16;
- Holy Family Parish in Kamias, Quezon City on May 17 to 18;
- Immaculate Conception Parish at the GSIS village in Project 8 on May 24 to 25, Quezon City; and
- Sta. Maria de la Cabeza Mission Station in Brgy. Mangoso, Sigma, Capiz on May 26 to 30
The tour will end at the St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Conception Dos, Marikina City on May 31 to June 1.
Dela Cruz said, about 50 replicas will be is on display, including John Paul II’s skullcap, purificator, bishop’s chasuble, and a priest’s stole used that he used during the beatification of Lorenzo Ruiz in Manila in 1981.
Pope John Paul II had a close bond with Filipino Catholics and made two trips to the nation during his time as pope. (CBCPNews)