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John Paul's blood will be on show during beatification

Faithful will venerate relic during May 1 ceremony

26 April, 13:52
John Paul's blood will be on show during beatification (ANSA) - Vatican City, April 26 - An ampoule of late pope John Paul II's blood will be on display for the faithful to venerate during his beatification on May 1, the Vatican said Tuesday.

The blood is currently stored in the Bambin Gesu' Hospital where it was held ready for transfusions until John Paul's death in 2005. The Vatican said the blood is in a liquid state because of an anti-coagulant. More than a million pilgrims are expected in Rome for the beatification which puts the Polish pope one step away from sainthood.

His body will be moved up from the crypt in St Peter's and put into a chapel near the entrance.