Dead Pope's blood goes on tour here in America
What does the blood of a dead man have to do with our salvation? Is this an attempt to exalt the blood of sinful man above the sinless blood of Christ that washes away our sins through faith in God. This is a publicity stunt to draw people to man-made religion. The more you focus on popes and traditions and superstitions, the less will be your desire and time to study the truth of God's word. Is this is an attempt to exalt men so that they won't want to identify the Antichrist when he is revealed? Is is possible that the way is being paved so that Antichrist will be accepted as our Savior? We need the plain truths from the word of God to go on tour here in America so that people can stop being deceived. -Advent Messenger Commentary
Pope John Paul II’s blood goes on tour
The Independent | June 18, 2014
It’s not your average attraction: a vial containing the blood of the late Pope John Paul II is going on tour across America’s east coast.
Beginning in Boston, the first American city where Pope John Paul II said Mass in 1979, the relic will also be on display to worshipers in New York and Philadelphia, before ending up in Baltimore. The golden relic is normally housed at the Saint John Paul II shrine in Washington DC. It has a glass vial containing the Pope’s blood at its centre and is surrounded by a cloud-like shape with 12 red stones, which represent Jesus’s 12 apostles.
Catholicism views relics as holy objects. They come in three different classes: a first-class relic is something from the body of a saint, such as the vial of John Paul II’s blood, a second-class relic is something used by a saint and a third-class relic is something touched by a first-class relic. Several other relics containing the blood of Pope John Paul II - now known as Saint John Paul II - are on display across the world, with one stolen and quickly recovered by police in Italy earlier this year.
Born in Poland, John Paul II was the third-longest serving pope in history, heading up the Catholic church from 1978 until his death in 2005. During that time he visited more than 120 countries, once saying the Pope should not remain “a prisoner of the Vatican”.
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, of the Knights of Columbus, said in a statement bringing John Paul II’s blood to communities in America would help “recall for many Catholics his saintly life”.