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Pope John Paul II's blood stolen from church in Italy
The Guardian ^ | 27 January 2014

Posted on 01/27/2014 10:23:00 AM PST by Gamecock

Full Title: Pope John Paul II's blood stolen from church in Italy

Custodian describes night-time theft, from San Pietro della Ienca church in Abruzzo mountains, as more like a kidnapping __________________________________________________________________________

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events
KEYWORDS: popeblood
Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II.

Polish-born John Paul, who reigned for 27 years, is due to be made a saint of the Roman Catholic church in May, meaning the relic will become more noteworthy and valuable.

In 2011, John Paul's former private secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, gave the local Abruzzo community some of the late pontiff's blood as a token of the love he had felt for the mountainous area.

1 posted on 01/27/2014 10:23:00 AM PST by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

I am really hoping that Pope Francis will bring an end to this practice of retaining bodily relics.

Few practices do more to convince my fellow Christians that I belong to some sort of weird, creepy cult.


2 posted on 01/27/2014 10:24:37 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog
So are you more concerned with what we think about this macabre practice,

or

do you think it is just plain wrong?

3 posted on 01/27/2014 10:26:59 AM PST by Gamecock (If you like your constitution, you can keep your constitution. Period. (M.S.))
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To: Gamecock

Wonder what an ounce of pope blood is worth on the Black Market these days?


4 posted on 01/27/2014 10:27:23 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I hope they didn’t get his collection of toe nail clippings.


5 posted on 01/27/2014 10:27:48 AM PST by DManA
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To: Gamecock

Theft of Relics has been going on a very long time, with the height during the Middle Ages. There is a great book on it called Furta sacra by Patrick J. Geary.


6 posted on 01/27/2014 10:35:22 AM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian. I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.)
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To: Gamecock
IBTWPIL...(In Before The Whole Point Is Lost)

woohoo!!

Nope, looks like I'm too late. I'm always late it seems,when it comes to the whole point being lost in Catholic circles.

7 posted on 01/27/2014 10:42:46 AM PST by smvoice (There are no prizes given for defending the indefensible.)
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To: Gamecock

mmmmmmmm
8 posted on 01/27/2014 10:47:54 AM PST by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: Gamecock

I wonder if this is on eBay’s Banned Items list?


9 posted on 01/27/2014 11:09:15 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Gamecock
In 2011, John Paul's former private secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, gave the local Abruzzo community some of the late pontiff's blood as a token of the love he had felt for the mountainous area.
The blood now circulating Mexico is from a supply extracted from the fatally ill John Paul in his final days, meant to be used for later transfusions. Upon his death, some of that blood was encased in four capsules. Two capsules remained in the Rome hospital where the pope died, another was stored at the Vatican and a fourth sent to his home diocese in Krakow, Poland. Mexico's prelates had specially requested the Vatican to borrow the blood in order to bolster the faith in the face of ongoing violence, said Manuel Corral, the priest who escorted the relic to Mexico.
-- from the Houston Chronicle article Vial of Pope John Paul II's blood tours Mexico
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10 posted on 01/27/2014 11:09:50 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Buckeye McFrog

it is very strange and unchristian, IMO


11 posted on 01/27/2014 11:20:47 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Don’t hold your breath. And besides, who cares what the heretics think anyway? That’s like trying to appease or be ‘bipartisan’ with democrats, not gonna happen because all they want is your destruction.


12 posted on 01/27/2014 11:31:23 AM PST by Cap'n Crunch
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To: Buckeye McFrog

2 Kings 13:21
Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

21 And some that were burying a man, saw the rovers, and cast the body into the sepulchre of Eliseus. And when it had touched the bones of Eliseus, the man came to life, and stood upon his feet.

Looks like that “weird, creepy stuff” works and it’s been going on for a long time.


13 posted on 01/27/2014 11:39:57 AM PST by Cap'n Crunch
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To: Gamecock

Billy Bob did it for Bradjelina first.


14 posted on 01/27/2014 11:41:54 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Gamecock

Shouldn’t the additional group of Catholicism bashers be arriving any moment now? It’s as predictable as buzzards circling road kill.


15 posted on 01/27/2014 11:59:51 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Carpe Cerevisi; Gamecock
Shouldn’t the additional group of Catholicism bashers be arriving any moment now? It’s as predictable as buzzards circling road kill.

Funny that it's a Catholic referring to JPII's blood as "road kill".

16 posted on 01/27/2014 12:15:59 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: smvoice

In Before The Whole Point Is Lost

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What is the point that you refer to?


17 posted on 01/27/2014 12:18:35 PM PST by deks
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To: Alex Murphy
Funny that it's a Catholic referring to JPII's blood as "road kill".

C'mon, you're better than that. You know that's not what I meant.
18 posted on 01/27/2014 12:44:43 PM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Gamecock

I think it is Satanic.


19 posted on 01/27/2014 12:45:04 PM PST by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: Gamecock

Look for this on Ebay.


20 posted on 01/27/2014 12:46:03 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: ruesrose

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2887/Satan_Sin_and_Sociology.aspx#.UubTfCj0D6q


21 posted on 01/27/2014 1:47:52 PM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I am really hoping that Pope Francis will bring an end to this practice of retaining bodily relics.

Few practices do more to convince my fellow Christians that I belong to some sort of weird, creepy cult.

I couldn't agree with you more.....

22 posted on 01/27/2014 3:20:08 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: metmom

Doubt it.


23 posted on 01/27/2014 3:36:35 PM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

Yeah, well the Catholic church’s obsession with dead body parts does lead one to think that Catholicism is a weird, creepy cult.


24 posted on 01/27/2014 3:45:23 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: metmom

Pope Francis has much more bigger fish to fry.


25 posted on 01/27/2014 3:47:22 PM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Read up on it.

Being Catholic: Sacred Things, Relics and the Incorruptibles

26 posted on 01/27/2014 3:56:55 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: GeronL

Very Sacred and Holy. Nothing creepy about relics at all.


27 posted on 01/27/2014 3:58:28 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Buckeye McFrog; GeronL; Salvation
Very Sacred and Holy. Nothing creepy about relics at all.

Just keep telling yourself "it's not creepy, it's not creepy..."
Incredible skeletal remains of 'Catholic saints' dug up, still dripping in gems and jewellery


28 posted on 01/27/2014 4:35:03 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Biggirl

Sadly, he does.


29 posted on 01/27/2014 8:28:59 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: DManA

... or belly-button lint.


30 posted on 01/28/2014 3:07:48 PM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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