Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Religion & Spirituality
  3. General Religion

Pope John Paul II blood stolen: Rare vial has unknown street value

See also

The Pope John Paul II blood stolen over the weekend has an unknown street value, but that didn't stop a thief from specifically targeting the small vial. The pontiff died on April 2, 2005 in Vatican City. His cause of death was septic shock and irreversible cardio circulatory collapse.

The holy blood was taken from the Church of San Pietro della Ienca in central Italy on Sat., Jan. 25 2014. The vial is one of only three samples of Pope John Paul II blood known to exist in the world, according to New York Daily News.

The robber who stole the Pope John Paul II blood has interesting timing. The pontiff is set to become a saint in April 2014. There is no way of knowing whether that upcoming event had anything to do with the theft or whether the canonization of Pope John Paul II will increase the vial of blood's street value.

The vial of Pope John Paul II blood had been securely displayed behind a glass case in the central Italian church. It was the only object removed from the church during the theft. A custodian at the church realized that the relic was missing after finding shattered glass from a broken window and immediately called the police.



  • ESPYS party
    Athletes and celebrities hit the red carpet at Body at the ESPYS party
    Today's Buzz
  • Healthy balance
    Keeping a healthy balance is so important for your own well-being
    15 Photos
  • Apollo
    NASA observes 45th anniversary of Apollo 11: One giant leap for mankind
    14 Photos
  • Unique jewelry
    Nothing catches the eye or completes and outfit like a great piece of jewelry
    12 Photos
  • Student Farmworker Alliance
    Student-Farmworker Alliance launches 'Boot the Braids' web site
    15 Photos
  • Exercise
    Find out why you should exercise to compliment your diet
    10 Photos

Related Videos:

  • Bullies do not belong in today's society
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518257942" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Jewish Zodiac
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Kevin P. Chavous and Art San
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>