Bishop Jenky credited the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary for the relic’s appearance in Peoria. The religious community is active in central Illinois and its foundress is accompanying the vial that’s encased in a gold Book of the Gospels.
The vial is the official relic used in advancing John Paul II's sainthood cause. The former pope led the Catholic Church from 1978 until 2005. He is set to become a saint this spring.