January 24, 2018, 3:37 am
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Pope John Paul II’s relic housed at Manila Cathedral

A FIRST-CLASS relic of Pope Saint John Paul II has found a home at the Manila Cathedral, where the late Pontiff celebrated mass in 1981.

According to the Manila Cathedral, Cardinal Stanislaus Dziwisz, who is Pope St. John Paul II’s former secretary and Archbishop-Emeritus of Krakow, has sent the Cathedral an “ex-sanguine” (from his blood) relic.

“The Manila Cathedral received a very precious Christmas gift today! Cardinal Stanislaus Dziwisz gave us a very rare relic ‘ex sanguine’ of the great Pope contained in a vial,” said the Manila Cathedral on its Facebook page.

The Manila Cathedral said it is hopeful that it can find a proper reliquary for the relic as soon as possible.

“So that we could expose it for the veneration of the faithful,” said the Manila Cathedral.

It said the arrival of the relic could not have come at a better time as it is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the rebuilding of the post-war structure of the Manila Cathedral.

“It is a great honor for the Manila Cathedral, our Mother Church, to be the custodian of this precious relic, as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the rebuilding of the Post-War Cathedral,” said the Episcopal See of the Archdiocese of Manila.

Pope St. John Paul II was the one who raised the Cathedral to be a Minor Basilica back in April 1981.

Pope St. John Paul II visited the Philippines twice: February 1981 and January 1995.- Gerard Naval
 
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