Published: Tuesday 03 April, 2018

Blood Relic of John Paul II to be Displayed at Manila Cathedral on April 7

The Manila Cathedral is inviting devotees to the display of John Paul II’s blood relic on Saturday, April 7. The blood relic will be available for public veneration following a mass to be officiated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at 9 AM.

“This is the first-ever blood relic of the great Pope still in liquid form stored in a glass container here in our country,” said Cardinal Tagle in his invitation to the faithful. “Let us come together as we welcome home the presence of our beloved Pope John Paul II and receive the graces and miracles through his powerful intercession!”

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Cardinal Tagle said John Paul II’s blood relic was given to the Philippines by the former pope’s former secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, during the 60th anniversary of the cathedral’s post-war rebuilding in December 2017.

John Paul II was special to the Filipinos and the Philippines was special to the former pope. He visited the country three times during his life – once when he was not yet a pope and twice as a pope.

In 1973, then Kraków Archbishop Karol Józef Cardinal Wojtyla made a brief stopover in Manila. According to Philippine-based Swedish correspondent Christer Nyblom, he was with Wojtyla at the time and the archbishop immediately hailed a taxi at the airport upon arriving asking the driver to take him to the nearest church. The taxi driver took them to Baclaran Church where the archbishop, who would one day become pope, celebrated mass.

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As a pope, John Paul II came to the Philippines in 1981 to beatify several martyrs, including San Lorenzo Ruiz, the Philippines’ first saint, and in 1995, the latter during the World Youth Day where he celebrated mass at Rizal Park in front of an estimated 1 million Catholics. 

John Pail II blood relic

The blood relic of John Paul II. (Manila Cathedral image/Facebook)