Pope John Paul II's Blood Stolen: Dan Brown Might Have the Details
A vial of Pope John Paul II's blood was stolen on Saturday, along with a crucifix, from a church in Italy. Italian police believe the theft was commissioned, and are actively searching for the blood with dozens of sniffer dogs. The late Pope, who will be made a saint in April, has actually had his blood stolen twice.
(RNS) While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic Church’s first-ever double canonization at the end of April, the Vatican is preparing its most ambitious TV and social media campaign for the millions who don’t make it to Rome.
The Vatican said late popes John Paul II and John XXIII would be made saints at an unprecedented joint ceremony on April 27, 2014 in a bid to unite Catholic conservatives and liberals. "John XXIII is generally a hero to the church's progressive wing while John Paul II is typically lionized by Catholic conservatives," said John Allen, from the National Catholic Reporter
Pope Francis prayed before the tomb of Pope John Paul II on Tuesday on the eighth anniversary of his death. It was John Paul II who made Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the then-Archbishop of Buenos Aires, a cardinal. (April 2)
Pope Francis announced on Sunday (January 5) that he will visit Holy Land sites in Jordan, Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories in May, his first trip to the area as pontiff. The May 24-26 trip to Amman, Jerusalem and Bethlehem will mark the 50th anniversary of a landmark trip there by Pope Paul VI in 1964, the first by a pope in modern times. Pope John Paul II visited in 2000 and Benedict XVI went in 2009.
Highlights of this day in history: John Brown raids Harper's Ferry; France's Marie Antoinette beheaded; John Paul II chosen as pope; Chile's ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet detained; 'Baby Jessica' rescued; Novelist James Michener dies. (Oct. 16)
Over 1 million people are expected to descend on the Vatican this weekend as Pope Francis prepares to canonize Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. The event, however, is not without controversy. Father James Martin discusses. Photo: Getty.