Blood of Pope John Paul ll Stolen from Italian Chapel

Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains of Abruzzo, Italy, this past weekend and stole a holy relic containing the blood of Pope John Paul II. The blood-soaked gauze is one of only three relics of the late Pope. 

The chapel and its picturesque surroundings were a favorite getaway for John Paul II, who visited the area frequently to escape the papal pressures of Rome. Area police are using sniffer dogs to trace the relic. 

Alex Bortolot, content strategist

January 28, 2014