Late Pope's blood stolen

Last updated 07:08 28/01/2014

Relevant offers

Europe

Chilling details of France church attack as hostage speaks Man arrested after manhunt, mall evacuated Marlborough couple in Munich describe confusion and terror during mass shooting Turkey orders detention for dozens of journalists, shuts down media outlets Dolly the sheep died young, but her nine-year-old clones appear perfectly healthy Murder-accused tells trial he 'bonded' with India Chipchase and was 'quite chivalrous' Elderly priest killed in French church, attack claimed by Islamic State French church attack: Who was priest killer? Russian authorities evacuate nomads after anthrax outbreak Patient shoots at Berlin doctor before killing himself

Thieves have stolen a vial containing the blood of the late Pope John Paul II from a church in Italy.

Police and sniffer dogs were out searching for the vial, which was stolen from the Church of St Peter of Ienca in the Abruzzo mountains sometime during the weekend, the Telegraph reported.

It contained a piece of material stained with blood, said to be taken from the Pope's clothing after an attempted assassination in 1981 when he was shot in St Peter's square.

Some believed a Satanic sect could be behind the theft.

"This period of the year is important in the Satanic calendar and culminates in the Satanic 'new year' on February 1. This sort of sacrilege often take place at this time of the year," Giovanni Panunzio, the national coordinator of an anti-occult group said.

"We hope that the stolen items are recovered as quickly as possible."

Italian Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana called it "a sacrilegious theft that was probably commissioned by someone".

The vial was donated to the church in May 2011 by Stanislaw Dzuwisz, a Polish cardinal and the Pope's former personal secretary.

John Paul, who died in 2005, loved the mountainous region, located in the east of Rome.

There are said to be a handful of vials containing his blood in the world.

In August 2012, another vial was stolen out of a Catholic priest's backpack while he was travelling on a train north of Rome.

It was later recovered by police.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content