Reliquary of Blood, a Relic of Blessed Pope John Paul II, Has Been Stolen

Relic of JPII

Blood?  Somebody stole his BLOOD?!! Reports from Italy this morning are that thieves broke into the small mountain church of San Pietro della Ienca, near the city of L'Aquila, over the weekend and stole a reliquary containing the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II.  Only the reliquary and a crucifix were stolen, leaving behind the collection box; and police have conjectured that the thieves may seek a ransom for the blood. The church, which kept the relic in a  niche in the wall encased in a ro … [Read more...]

How Does the Vatican Know That Those Old Bones Are the Relics of St. Peter?

St. Peter's tomb, beneath the great papal altar in St. Peter's Basilica

The Vatican has just announced plans for an unprecedented exhibit:  For the first time ever, to mark the end of the Year of Faith, relics of St. Peter will be put on display for public veneration.The exhibit was announced in L'Osservatore Romano by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.  Archbishop Fisichella said that the veneration of the relics at the Vatican is a fitting way to conclude the Year of Faith November 24.  Millions of … [Read more...]

The Holy Right: Unpacking the Mystery of Relics

Yesterday I talked about St. Stephen of Hungary—but how did I forget to tell you THIS part of the story?!During his lifetime, good King Stephen, first Christian king of the Hungarians, had offered the Hungarian people to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  As he lie on his deathbed—his right hand holding high the Holy Crown—Stephen prayed, asking Our Lady to be the Queen of the Hungarians. As part of the investigation leading up to the canonization of St. Stephen, first Christian king of Hungary, … [Read more...]