Vial of blood to serve as relic for John Paul II beatification

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2011 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A vial of blood drawn from John Paul II will serve as a relic during the late pontiff’s upcoming beatification Mass in Rome on May 1.

The Vatican announced on April 26 that the relic will to be presented to Pope Benedict XVI and exposed for veneration during the Mass in St. Peter’s Square this coming Sunday. The vial will then be stored in a shrine by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, along with other relics.

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