John Paul II's blood to be church relic
Warsaw - An official says a vial containing the blood of Pope John Paul II will be installed as a relic in a Polish church soon after his beatification.
Piotr Sionko, the spokesperson for the John Paul II Centre, says the vial will be built into the altar of a church in Krakow that is opening in May.
Sionko said on Monday the idea came from Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the archbishop of Krakow and the longtime friend and secretary of the late Polish pontiff.
Many Catholic Poles are rejoicing over Pope Benedict XVI's announcement last week that he will beatify John Paul on May 1.
Sionko said the blood was drawn for medical tests at Rome's Gemelli Polyclinic shortly before John Paul's death on April 2 2005, and has been in Dziwisz's care.