Cardinal Dziwisz makes Christmas gift to Filipino Catholics.
The cathedral in Manila received a special gift this Christmas: a first-class relic of St. John Paul II — a vial of his blood given by his longtime aide Cardinal Stanislaus Dziwisz, archbishop emeritus of Krakow.
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The rare relic was brought by a Poland-based Filipino nun who arrived in Manila on December 11.
“We hope to find a proper reliquary for it soon so that we could expose it for the veneration of the faithful,” a statement from the cathedral said.
John Paul II celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral in February 1981. Two months later he named the cathedral a minor basilica.
“It’s a great honor for the Manila Cathedral, our Mother Church, to be the custodian of this precious relic,” Church officials said.
The cathedral is currently celebrating the 60th anniversary of its post-war construction.