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Thieves steal the blood of late Pope John Paul II

On Monday, Jan. 27, a Catholic church in the mountains east of Rome reported that thieves had broken in and stole a reliquary that held the blood of the late Pope John Paul II. The theft was discovered early Sunday morning.

Pope John Paul II's blood was stolen from small church in Italy.
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Franca Corrieri is the one who discovered the broken window on Sunday and then contacted the police to report the break-in as well as the missing gold reliquary of blood and a crucifix. According to Corrieri, Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005 loved hiking and skiing in the mountains in the Abruzzo region which lies east of Rome.

According to the little church, Pope John Paul II would slip away to their church secretly and it was his love of the area that prompted the gift of his blood. The Abruzzo community church were given the late pontiff’s blood in 2011 by his former private secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz.

Dziwisz put the blood in a gold and glass circular case and kept in a niche of the church of San Pietro della lenca which is located near the city of L’Aquila.

The late Pope John Paul II was born in Poland and reigned as pope for 27 years. He is scheduled to be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church in May. Once he is a saint, Pope John Paul II’s blood will become more noteworthy and valuable.

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