Vial of Pope John Paul II’s blood stolen from Catholic priest

The priest, Augusto Baldini, was on a train heading north out of Rome when his backpack, which contained the reliquary, was swiped by three thieves.

The relic consisted of an open book with gilded pages in which was embedded a tiny glass vial containing the blood, which was taken from John Paul following the attempt on his life in St Peter’s Square by a Turkish gunman in 1981.

“One of the thieves distracted me, telling me I was on the wrong train,” Father Baldini said. “I turned round to look, and it was then that his accomplices stole my backpack.” He was travelling to a sanctuary near the port of Civitavecchia, where the relic was supposed to go on display.  [more]


Telegraph UK