St. John Paul II relic to be displayed

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St. John Paul II’s bloodied cassock displayed at the Saint John Paul II Sanctuary in Krakow, Poland. The cassock is the one the Pope was wearing when he was shot in 1981. (Photo: Ana Perucho/CBCPNews)

MANILA, Oct. 12, 2016— A religious reliquary containing the blood of Saint John Paul II will be making a stop in Quezon City this week.

It will be open for public veneration starting Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Radio Veritas Chapel in Quezon City until Oct. 22, the feast day of the saint who visited the Philippines thrice.

The reliquary contains a piece of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope, who is also the patron saint of the World Meeting of Families and of the World Youth Day.

Devotees may visit his relic daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Manila archdiocese-run radio station located on West Avenue corner EDSA in Quezon City.

John Paul II was canonized a saint in 2014 after a miracle was attributed to him for the apparent recovery from Parkinson’s disease in 2005 of a French nun, Sr. Maria Simon Pierre.

The Polish pope is believed to have also helped heal Floribeth Mora Diaz from Costa Rica who was given one month to live due to a brain aneurysm.

St. John Paul II was born on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland.

Ordained a priest in 1946, the priest, who went by the name Karol Wojtyla, became the Bishop of Ombi in 1958, served as Archbishop of Krakow in 1964, and was made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1967.

In 1978, he was elected pope and served for 27 years until his death in 2005. He was the second longest-serving pope in modern history.

He was beatified on May 1, 2011 at St. Peter’s Square by Pope Benedict XVI.

In the first dual canonization ceremony in the history of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis declared Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints on April 27, 2014. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews) 

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