Pope's blood to be built into altar
January 23, 2011 | 35 comments
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Pope John Paul II to be honored by having a vial of his blood ensconced in a Polish church.
[!gad]Beatification, the process of pronouncing a deceased person worthy of Catholic divine recognition, is one of the final steps to possible sainthood. Former pope John Paul II will be beatified before a vial of his blood is encased in crystal and installed into an altar in Poland. The blood is a six-year-old remnant of tests done on the late pope shortly before his death. It was saved by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, friend and secretary of John Paul II, who recently made the suggestion to treat the vital fluid as a holy relic. Opposition to the rite is not scarce; Reverend Krzysztof Madel, a Polish priest, has stated that "The tradition of relics comes from medieval practices of teaching the Bible through images and symbols...but in today's rationalized world the message should rather come through teaching about someone's life."
The church in the Lagiewniki district is part of a centre that will be devoted to the memory and the teachings of the late pope - who was born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, southern Poland, and spent decades in Krakow.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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