Blood relic of Pope John Paul II at Manila Cathedral on April 7

Published April 2, 2018, 3:05 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Leslie Ann Aquino

The blood relic of St. Pope John Paul II will be made available for public veneration on April 7 at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.

A tapestry featuring Pope John Paul II is seen in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, April 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini / MANILA BULLETIN)
(REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a statement, the Manila Cathedral said this is the first ever blood relic of the great Pope still in liquid form stored in a glass container here in our country.

The vial of blood of the Saint was given by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the former secretary of the Pope, to the Manila Cathedral last December.

“It is a great honor for the Manila Cathedral, our Mother Church, to be the custodian of this precious relic, as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the rebuilding of the Post-War Cathedral,” the cathedral said in a post at that time.

Months after, the cathedral is now inviting the public to attend the Welcome Mass and public veneration of the relic this Saturday.

“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!” the statement of the Manila Cathedral read.

Pope St. John Paul II celebrated mass at the Manila Cathedral in 1981.

He was also the Pope who raised the Cathedral, through a “Motu Proprio”, meaning through his own initiative, to a Minor Basilica.

Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines twice — in February 1981, when he beatified the first Filipino martyr, Lorenzo Ruiz, and in January 1995, when an estimated of 4 million Filipinos attended the Mass he celebrated at the close of World Youth Day which was considered to be the largest single gathering in Christian history.

Born on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland, Pope John Paul Ii was ordained in 1946, became the bishop of Ombi in 1958, and became the archbishop of Krakow in 1964.

He was made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1967, and in 1978 became the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years.

He died at the age of 84 at the Vatican on April 2, 2005. He was beatified on May 1, 2011 in Saint Peter’s Square by Pope Benedict XVI, his immediate successor and was canonized on April 27, 2014 together with Pope John XXIII.