“A sacrilegious theft” and a “despicable act” is the reaction in Italy to the stealing over the weekend of a vial of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s blood from a small church in the Abruzzo mountains east of Rome.
The late Pontiff used to go skiing in the area known as Gran Sasso, often secretly, and prayed at the church of San Pietro della Ienca that housed the relic.
Local police have launched a major investigation into the theft, ordering 50 carabinieri onto the case and employing sniffer dogs to track the thieves. A prosecutor has already opened a file, Italian media reports.
"It was a commissioned robbery, that I am sure,” said Pasquale Corriere, a former city councilor in nearby...READ MORE