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Theft of papal relic may have been ordered from abroad

Search operations cross, pope's blood due to resume Thursday

29 January, 15:33
Theft of papal relic may have been ordered from abroad (ANSA) - L'Aquila, January 29 - Police are looking into the possibility that the theft last weekend of a relic containing the blood of former pope John Paul II and a cross may have been ordered from abroad. The relic and cross were taken from the church of San Pietro della Ienca, in the mountains of the central Abruzzo region where the Polish pope was fond of taking a break to meditate and ski. Reports say that the theft was "ordered" from abroad, although police say they are investigating all potential leads.

Search operations in the area were suspended on Monday due to bad weather conditions, but were due to resume Thursday.

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