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Relics on St Pope John Paul II up for display Oct 14 to 22

The public may venerate the relic of Saint Pope John Paul II starting Thursday, October 13.

MB FILE - This file photo taken on March 23, 1998 shows Pope John Paul II waving at Abuja airport after he wound up a three-day pastoral visit to military-ruled Nigeria. (AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK) / MB.COM.PH

MB FILE – This file photo taken on March 23, 1998 shows Pope John Paul II waving at Abuja airport after he wound up a three-day pastoral visit to military-ruled Nigeria.
(AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK) / MB.COM.PH

His first class relic, “ex-sanguine” (from his blood) will be available for public veneration from October 13 to 22 at the Radio Veritas Chapel in Quezon City.

Devotees of Saint Pope John Paul II may visit his relic from 8 am to 5 pm at the Radio Veritas Chapel located at the second floor of Veritas Tower, 162 West Avenue cor EDSA in Quezon City.

Born on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland, Pope John Paul II was ordained in 1946, became the bishop of Ombi in 1958, and became the archbishop of Krakow in 1964.

He was made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1967, and in 1978 became the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years. He was a vocal advocate for human rights and used his influence to effect political change. He was Pope for 27 years from 1978 to 2005 making him the second longest-serving pope in modern history after Pope Pius IX.

Pope John Paul II is also the most widely traveled pope in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate.

He visited the Philippines twice—in February 1981, when he beatified the first Filipino martyr, Lorenzo Ruiz, and in January 1995, when an estimated of 4 million Filipinos attended the Mass he celebrated at the close of World Youth Day which was considered to be the largest single gathering in Christian history.