Friday, January 31, 2014

Police Nab 3 for Stealing Pope John Paul II's Blood; Stole Blood from Church Near Rome, Threw It Out

Police in Rome have arrested three men accused of stealing a religious relic stained with Polish-born pope John Paul II's blood, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (January 31, 2014).

The three threw the relic away, as they "did not understand the relic's value" and "cannot remember where they threw away the precious loot," police said.

Police recovered the object's metal frame but could not find the cloth, believed to be part of the robe the pontiff was wearing when he was shot in an assassination attempt in St. Peter's Square in 1981.

It was stolen a week ago along with a cross -- which has been found -- from the San Pietro Della Lenca Church in the mountainous Abruzzo region in central Italy where the late pope loved to go on skiing holidays.

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