Pope John Paul II Relic Stolen from Cologne Cathedral

A cloth with a drop of the late Pope John Paul II’s blood was stolen from Cologne Cathedral, German police said.

CHR Comment: One wonders about the motivations for such a theft. The thief could not display the relic without gaining unwanted attention. If the relic is truly of low monetary value, so that money is not the motive for the theft, then how would the person who took it justify breaking the commandment of God, “You shall not steal?” (Exodus 20). How could they use it devotionally and expect to gain God’s blessing?

Source: Pope John Paul II relic stolen from Cologne Cathedral


Dallas Church to Display Remains of Young Saint Killed in Rape Attempt

The remains of St. Maria Goretti, an 11-year-old girl said to have forgiven her attacker, are expected to draw thousands to St. Monica Catholic Church.

CHR Comment: The event illustrates the continued popularity of relics in the Catholic tradition. The article tells Maria’s story and the changed life of the man who abused her. Her remains is on display for the first time in the United States and at 54 places. The Texas Catholic (second link) reports that more than 13,500 people came to see the relic in Dallas.

Source: Dallas church to display remains of young saint killed in rape attempt | Dallas Morning News