Capsule containing Pope John Paul II's blood heading to Mexico
August 10th, 2011
07:49 AM ET

Capsule containing Pope John Paul II's blood heading to Mexico

By the CNN Wire Staff

MEXICO CITY (CNN) - A capsule containing the blood of Pope John Paul II will be flown to Mexico next week and displayed in more than 100 locations across the country, officials announced Tuesday.

The blood - drawn in a hospital before the pope's death in 2005 - will be on view in Mexico until mid-December, the country's Catholic Bishops Council said.

A collection of relics connected to the former pope and a rendering of his face copied from a mold taken after his death will also be part of the display, officials said.

"In the perception of a Mexico plunged into terror, pain, hopelessness, anguish, vengeance and rancor as a result of insecurity and violence ... the veneration of the relics will be an opportunity for the baptized and people of good will to turn their eyes to God," the Rev. Manuel Corral, the council's public relations secretary, told reporters.

In their journey around Mexico, the relics will travel more than 22,500 kilometers (13,980 miles). They are scheduled to arrive in Mexico City on August 17 and will go on public display August 25.

Nearly 84% of Mexicans say they are Catholic, according to the country's 2010 census.

The former pope - who became a saint in May - developed a close bond with Mexican Catholics and travelled to the country on five papal visits. Church officials trumpeted the relics' impending arrival with a statement titled, "John Paul II returns to Mexico."

"Pope John Paul II as much in his words as in his history has always been a pilgrim of peace," said Bishop Victor Rene Rodriguez Gomez, the bishops council's secretary-general. "The visit of the relics will give us a chance to reflect on these ideas."

"It is the moment to pray for peace," he added.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Mexico • Pope John Paul II

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    April 28, 2013 at 5:15 am |
  2. Heather

    OMG, who had the forethought to take blood from this man before he died, and a casting of his face? This is beyond creepy. I can only think of one thing – this man is going to be cloned and he will be "brought back to life" after Darth Ratzinger croaks!

    Ladies and Gentlemen, could this be the second beast of Rev. 13 – the false prophet to the coming Anti-Christ? Please consider that there is a live webcam focused on JP2's sarcophagus – can you imagine what would happen if his "resurrection" is faked by a bunch of hollywood movie special effects? Billions of people would gladly do whatever the fake JP2 tells them to do, even worship the anti-christ and take the mark of the beast's name on their right hand or forehead – that's what. Sounds crazy huh? Well, the truth is crazier than fiction – people couldn't even imagine being able to travel from New York to London under 4 hrs. a century ago, until the Concord jet whooshed off the tarmac. Even crazier, many people actually believe what they see on t.v. is real!

    Be warned people, great evil is afoot, and it will appear dressed in a long white silky gown wearing a two horned miter! Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

    December 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
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    June 28, 2012 at 3:18 am |
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    March 10, 2012 at 9:32 am |
  5. Trw

    Martin Luther posted 95 theses to the church door against such. When people don't read the bible nor know church history, they will easily be influenced by such fallacious, pomposities. It is the word that should be read, and prayer, that will bring the faithful to God, not looking at a mask of a dead person nor a vial of blood! The hope of all mankind does not rest in the creature, but in the Creator. Jesus is coming soon! There will be many lost who are following false doctrines.Wake up! Don't be caught sleeping with eyes wide open!

    August 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  6. Muneef


    Wouldn't the investment in those African immigrated countries to create jobs and a better status of living for their people would have contributed to stopping such suicidal migration through deserts and rough seas ?
    Rather than holding them,returning them or drowning them if not allowing them to drown...

    August 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  7. Muneef

    The Mercy of Allah in Regard to Forgiveness
    "O son of Adam, as long as you call upon Me and put your hope in Me, I have forgiven you for what you have done and I do not mind. O son of Adam, if your sins were to reach the clouds of the sky and then you would seek My forgiveness, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, if you were to come to Me with sins that are close to filling the earth and then you would meet Me without ascribing any partners with Me, I would certainly bring to you forgiveness close to filling it." 

    There was a sect called Khawaarij, who worshipped Allah only in fear and held the belief that anyone who commits major sins was a disbeliever and would be thrown into the Hellfire forever. This is a gross extremism and straying from the correct path. 

    Yet, another sect, which emerged within the first century of Islam, had no fear and believed that sins did not affect ones faith and that as long as one believed and testified in Islam, he would enter Paradise regardless of his actions. Both of these extremes lead to a dangerous consequence. 
    Guess you have those same in your faiths "Christians"....


    August 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  8. Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

    "when correctly understood"
    I suspect it is man that would dictate if it is correctly understood. Your faith is in man not a magical sky wizard. Drink some more jesus juice and be happy.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  9. Truth Teller

    I am OUTRAGED at the detestable abominations of the CC ( Counterfeit Church)
    Her sins have reached into Heaven. The Lord will be coming back soon and will unleash His wrath on many.

    Deception is quite dangerous. God gave us the ability to reason, and He expects us to use it.
    Those who have rejected the Bible as their guide will suffer the doom of the 2nd death. ( lake of fire)
    Those who have perverted the scriptures, ( built doctrines around single text) will suffer likewise.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  10. Muneef


    They ask;
    What is the only animal that can't look up at the sky?
    Or ask; Why pigs can't look up in the sky?

    Wow no wonder it is d-i-sliked by all heavenly religions..! No wonder that upon Jesus resurrection it is told that the first thing he will do will be the killing of all Pigs...!

    Guess out of all Human's and Jinn's Beings who are of that kind not looking up to the skies of heavens will be facing a very heavy torment here and there...!
    But never they learn,taking it for a fairy tales and a joke, no recognition of the signs that are loud and clear...!

    August 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  11. Muneef

    Some countries such as Somalia are not finding essential foods to eat and survive the Famine and Drought while others pouring Fruits and Vegetables  on the streets as if unwanted or unneeded Rubbish rather than thanking GOD for his Blessings of their Prosperity;

    Angry French farmers raid Spanish fruit trucks
    12/08 13:34 CET
    Furious French farmers have attacked Spanish fruit and vegetable deliveries as effects of the E.coli crisis continue to bite.


    August 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  12. John


    August 18, 2011 at 9:55 am |
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      August 18, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  13. Eric Jordan

    Um, correction: he did not become a Saint, he was Beatified. That's the next step down. Please do your research next time.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  14. Muneef

    1-  What is the Wisdom of Islam?

    Islam is a very simple Religion.  Islam simply means submitting yourself in peace to the Absolute One and Living GOD:

    "Say: He is God, the One and Only; God, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him.  (The Noble Quran, 112:1-4)"

    "Then Praise be to Allah, Lord of the heavens and Lord of the earth- Lord and Cherisher of all the worlds!  To Him be Glory throughout the heavens and the earth: and He is Exalted in Power, Full of Wisdom!.  (The Noble Quran, 45:36-37)" 

    "Say: 'O People of the Book (i.e., Jews and Christians)!   Come to common terms as between us and you:  That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah.'  If then they turn back, say ye: 'Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah's Will).'  (The Noble Quran, 3:64)"

    The GOD of Islam is the GOD of everything He created.  There is no middle man between the Creation and the Creator; "It was We Who Created man, and We know what dark suggestions his soul makes to him:  for We are nearer to him than (his) jugular vein.  (The Noble Quran, 50:16)"

    "When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way.   (The Noble Quran, 2:186)"


    Everything from good and bad that happens to us is determined by Allah Almighty:

    Sometimes a Muslim wonders and says to him/herself:  "How come I am a devoted Servant to Allah Almighty, I do everything that pleased Him, I do all of the things that He commands me, and I still suffer in life?"

    These are fair questions.  It is important for every Muslim to know that Allah Almighty determines everything for us for a Wisdom and reasons only Him the Almighty knows:

    "Say: 'Nothing will happen to us except what God has decreed for us: He is our protector': and on God let the Believers put their trust.  (The Noble Quran, 9:51)"

    "Say: 'I have no power Over any harm or profit To myself except as Allah Willeth.  To every People Is a term appointed: When their term is reached, Not an hour can they cause Delay, nor (an hour) can they Advance (it in anticipation).'  (The Noble Quran, 10:49)"



    Scientific facts about day of resurrection
    In this research we are going to make a scientific analysis for many events in day of resurrection to prove that the Qur'an doesn’t contradict with science and the scientific realities …

    August 18, 2011 at 12:52 am |
  15. Muneef

    Found very interesting...
    I recommend Muslims and Non Muslims to read;
    The first words of the Quran to Mankind was is to Read,
    Read It Please – It will not even take 2 mins.. it is your life.. it is you;

    A clever person is the one who will question his existence, for we are not here to just enjoy.  He searches for answers and  then finally  he does what is better for him in the future. This world is the testing for the  hereafter. Where we have to permanently stay.  Our deeds & sins will come before us. 
    Kindly open link;


    Evidence from the English translation of Luke 6:40 that further prove that the word 'Muslim' was used by Jesus:

    Let us look at Luke 6:40 from my N.I.V. Bible "A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher."

    Luke 6:40 (KJV)
    40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

    Luke 6:40 (Darby)
    40 The disciple is not above his teacher, but every one that is perfected shall be as his teacher.

    Luke 6:40 (Young's Literal Translation)
    40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but every one perfected shall be as his teacher.

    Luke 6:40 (21st Century King James Version)
    40 The disciple is not above his master, but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

    Luke 6:40 (American Standard Version)
    40 The disciple is not above his teacher: but every one when he is perfected shall be as his teacher.

    The perfection here means a spiritual one.  What the verse is saying is that knowledge is not what matters!  The teacher or master is higher in knowledge than his student.  But the student can be as high as his teacher, or even higher, by being a true 'MUSHLAM' or Muslim, a spiritually perfect and well-disciplined person!

    August 18, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • Truth Teller

      The Koran did not come from Heaven. God of the Bible gives us incredible prophecys that forcast the future with 100% accuracy. ( when correctly understood) He has told us things before they happen. Things that can't be created. Things only God could possably know. The enemy, Satan creates many many false religeons too deceive us.

      The Koran is loved by Satan, because it leads souls away from Christ. What does this tell you ?

      Bottom line. I love Muslims. I really do. God loves Muslims. He really does. Its FALSE SYSTEMS GOD HATES.

      I Hope to see you in Heaven sometime, but there is no other way but Christ. ( and I was born jewish too, I'm just where the truth is)

      August 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
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