Blood of Pope John Paul II Stolen for Satanic Ritual!

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From the Series Lil’ History Chips

One year ago today, on January 25, 2014, an unknown thief or thieves stole a reliquary from an Italian mountainside chapel containing a piece of the bloodied robe Pope John Paul II had been wearing when he had gotten shot during the failed 1981 assassination attempt on his life.  Obviously, if a person or persons were true believers in the Catholic faith, they would not steal such a holy relic because whatever magical properties it might have had would certainly be cancelled by the wrath of God, or at least so you would think.

Italian police believed the theft was a contract job, with a thief commissioned to steal the reliquary, and they speculated that the purpose for the stolen blood was for use in a satanic ritual since little else of value was taken from the chapel.  A massive effort to catch the perpetrators ensued.

Police caught up to the miscreants less than a week later, getting a confession from 2-3 supposed drug addicts to having stolen a cross and the reliquary.  The bloodied cloth, however, was still missing, but it did turn up, however, found in a nearby garage, the thieves not knowing the value of what they had taken.

The reliquary containing the cloth fragment stained with Paul John Paul II's blood

The reliquary containing the cloth fragment stained with Paul John Paul II’s blood

History and Headlines Word of the Day: A “reliquary” is a container or vessel used for the storage of a holy relic such as a bone or piece of clothing from a saint.

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Major Dan

Major Dan is a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served during the Cold War and has traveled to many countries around the world. Prior to his military service, he graduated from Cleveland State University, having majored in sociology. Following his military service, he worked as a police officer eventually earning the rank of captain prior to his retirement.