Manila Cathedral receives Saint JP2 relic

Manila Cathedral receives Saint JP2 relic

A vial of the blood of Saint John Paul II has come to the Manila Cathedral, as a gift from his longtime aide Cardinal Stanislaus Dziwisz.

The cathedral said it is a “very precious Christmas gift” from the pope-turned-saint’s former secretary and archbishop emeritus of Krakow in Poland.

The rare relic was brought by a Poland-based Filipino nun who arrived in Manila on December 11.

“We hope to find a proper reliquary for it soon so that we could expose it for the veneration of the faithful,” the cathedral said.

John Paul II celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral in February 1981.

Two months after his visit to the Philippines, he declared the cathedral, which is currently celebrating the 60th anniversary of its post-war construction, a Minor Basilica.

“It’s a great honor for the Manila Cathedral, our Mother Church, to be the custodian of this precious relic,” church officials said. CBCP News