Catholic Diocese of Peoria to host Pope John Paul II relic

Nov 13, 2013

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria will be one of three in the U.S. that’s set to host a relic of Pope John Paul II. Bishop Daniel Jenky says a vial of the former pope’s blood will be at the St. Mary’s Cathedral Monday evening for public and private veneration. A mass will be held at 7:15.

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.