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John Paul II relics to go on show in Rio

Upcoming World Youth Day in Brazil late pope's brainchild

02 May, 17:27
John Paul II relics to go on show in Rio (ANSA) - Rio de Janeiro, May 2 - The remains of John Paul II will be put on show during the Brazilian World Youth Day to be held in Rio de Janeiro from July 23 to July 28, according to the event organizer on Thursday. A flask containing the late pontiff's blood and other relics are to be transported to Brazil on July 7, and will remain in the South American nation until October 13, where they will be held in exhibition at the city cathedral, Father Arnaldo Rodriguez said. The relics of John Paul, who envisioned the World Youth Day events, will be put on show together with those of Pier Giorgio Frassati, an Italian Catholic social activist, who was a member of the Third Order of St. Dominic.

The organizers are currently waiting for permission to also exhibit the remains of Saint Teresa di Lisieux, Chiara Luce Badano, and Federico Ozanam and of the Brazilian Saint Antonio de Santana. Like John Paul, they are all expected to achieve sainthood.

(Photo: John Paul II in Rio in 1995)
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