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