By Leslie Ann Aquino
Good news to those who failed to venerate the blood relic of St. John Paul II last month.
Manila Cathedral Rector Father Reginald Malicdem said the saint’s blood relic will be exposed again for three days for public veneration starting this Friday, May 18, in time for John Paul II’s birthday.
“Let us once again come together and receive God’s grace through the intercession of our beloved St. John Paul II!” he said.
The public veneration at the cathedral in Intramuros, Manila will start at 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.
On Saturday, May 19, the public veneration will be held after the Eucharistic celebration at 8 a.m. to be presided by Fr. Joel Jason of the Archdiocesan Ministry for Family and Life.
On Sunday, May 20, the relic will be exposed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Manila Cathedral already said in the past that this is the first ever blood relic of the great Pope still in liquid form stored in a glass container here in our country.
The vial of blood of the Saint was given by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the former secretary of the Pope, to the Manila Cathedral last December.
Pope St. John Paul II celebrated mass at the Manila Cathedral in 1981.
He was also the Pope who raised the Cathedral, through a “Motu Proprio”, meaning through his own initiative, to a Minor Basilica.
Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines twice—in February 1981, when he beatified the first Filipino martyr, Lorenzo Ruiz, and in January 1995, when 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.
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 died at the age of 84 at the Vatican on April 2, 2005. He was beatified on May 1, 2011, in Saint Peter’s Square by Pope Benedict XVI, his immediate successor and was canonized on April 27, 2014, together with Pope John XXIII.