Thieves nick Pope’s blood

Thieves nick Pope’s blood

FOLLOWING our report about the theft in Cambodia of a jar allegedly containing bits of the long-dead Buddha comes news from Italy that blood that once coursed through the veins of the not-so-long-dead Pope John Paul II has fallen into the hands of felons.

It was not mentioned in this report whether this was the same container of blood Ratzinger kissed when, as then Pope, he carried out a beatification ceremony for his predecessor in St Peter’s Square on May 1, 2011. It, was, by the way, the fastest beatification in modern history.

Catholics and their grisly preoccupation with the remains of the dead never fail to appall. Here Ratzinger kisses a jar containing some of  John Paul II's blood.

Catholics and their grisly preoccupation with the remains of the dead never fail to appall. Here Ratzinger kisses a jar containing some of John Paul II’s blood.

Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole the blood, contained in a reliquary. Dozens of police with sniffer dogs scoured the remote area for clues to what the Italian Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana called:

A sacrilegious theft that was probably commissioned by someone.

Franca Corrieri told Reuters she had discovered a broken window early on Sunday morning and had called the police. When they entered the small stone church they found the gold reliquary and a crucifix missing.

John Paul, who died in 2005, loved the mountains in the Abruzzo region. He would sometimes slip away from the Vatican secretly to hike or ski there and pray in the church.

Polish-born John Paul, who reigned for 27 years, is due to be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church in May, meaning the relic will become more noteworthy and valuable.

In 2011, John Paul’s former private secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, now archbishop of Krakow in Poland, gave the local Abruzzo community some of the late pontiff’s blood as a token of the love he had felt for the mountainous area.

It was put in a gold and glass circular case and kept in a niche of the small mountain church of San Pietro della Ienca, near the city of L’Aquila. Corrieri, who is part of an association that looks after the small church, said the incident felt more like a “kidnapping” than a theft.

In a sense, a person has been stolen.


She said she could not say if the intention of the thieves may have been to seek a ransom for the blood.

Apart from the reliquary and a crucifix, nothing else was stolen from the isolated church, even though Corrieri said the thieves would probably have had time to take other objects during the night-time theft.

Some of John Paul’s blood was saved after an assassination attempt that nearly killed him in St Peter’s Square on May 13, 1981.

26 responses to “Thieves nick Pope’s blood”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    Meanwhile, it seems some of the vatican’s billions have been nicked by well-known thieves.

  2. David Anderson says:

    The search should be concentrated in Transylvania.

  3. barfly says:

    Any one fancy a holy black pudding?

  4. Peterat says:

    Imagine the collective trembling and bed-wetting when the DNA from this little relic gets placed into a sex-offender data bank!!!

  5. John C says:

    With any luck the stupid thing has been melted down by now and sold to a metals dealer, good riddance to overhyped trash

  6. Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews says:

    Can’t the police simple follow the trail of inevitable miraculous cures that must have followed in its wake? Surely that’s the whole reason the blood was being kept. No Roman Catholic would ever worship the blood of a dead human, would they? Oh! I forgot. That’s the whole rationale of Christianity, isn’t it?

  7. barriejohn says:

    Has this been raised here before?

    How many other crimes have they committed under “diplomatic immunity”?

  8. Robster says:

    Don’t those severely afflicted with catholicism drink ‘blood’ at church every Sunday? All it takes (I’m told) is for the attending priestly type to mutter some magic spell to turn regular Merlot into the Baby jesus blood along with the crackers (minus some dip) to become the flesh of Baby jesus for a Sunday munch each and every week? They (catholics) recon that’s quite normal. Normality for catholics if far from normal for the rest of us.

  9. Trevor Blake says:

    I confess. I am building the ultimate religious leader out of bits of several old ones. A few of Muhammad’s red whiskers and I’m set!

  10. ExPatriot says:

    It’s about time someone stole something from the church, they have been stealing from the peasants for the last 2000 years. If there was more gold they should have taken it to

  11. Irreverend Bastard says:

    Well, Jesus is way overdue for a return. I’m guessing that people are so tired of waiting that they’re now building a FrankenJesus.

    “He has returned!”


  12. barriejohn says:

    I confess. I am building the ultimate religious leader out of bits of several old ones.

    I was going to ask where you would find a brain, but I then realized that people like L Ron Hubbard were very smart indeed!

  13. AgentCormac says:

    @ barriejohn

    Has this been raised here before?

    That was the story I thought I was linking to at the top of the thread! Apologies for my incompetence. You must have wondered what on earth I was talking about.

  14. barriejohn says:

    AC: No comment!

  15. barriejohn says:

    Here’s some familiarly depressing news from the NSS. The diocese that covered up child abuse is swimming in money. What’s the matter with people?

  16. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    Christianity really is a death cult , isn’t it? Putting on display old cadavers, keeping bits of dead bodies. Then they wonder why we laugh at them.

  17. sailor1031 says:

    @BarrieJohn; a rhetorical question I presume. It would be shorter to list those crimes NOT perpetrated under diplomatic immunity. What is interesting about this case is that the pope has thrown the criminal to the wolves; now that may be a first. Contrast with the protected machinations of evil archbish Marcinkus at the vatican bank years ago. It was rumoured at the time that he was the antichrist – but as we all know that was really Dick Cheney, or Barack Obama, or Michelle Obama, or Hilary Clinton, or someone anyway

  18. Shiny shoes says:

    Unspeakable unhealthy depraved obsessive morbidity. A death cult.

  19. Shiny shoes says:

    Why didn’t god strike down the thief? Did the rcc pray to god to reveal the identity of the thief? Answers …NO and NO. Why? BECAUSE THERE IS NO GOD. And unlike Dawkins I am 100% sure of that fact.

  20. Shiny shoes says:

    Keeping the blood of a one time deluded senile old fool, like all reliquary worship is exactly the same as the bone rattling shit kicking JuJu witch doctor. Primitive.

  21. Shiny shoes says:

    Now you know why there will never be a lady pope. Too gross even for the rcc.

  22. Shiny shoes says:

    I am so sorry about this and I have to apologise in advance. But take a look at the photo at the head of this article of Ratzinger kissing the phial of blood. Disgusting isn’t it. Am I supposed to be impressed or awed at the humility of the pope? Don’t the pious realise that normal people find such imagery appallingly distasteful? The only thing I could find more distasteful is if the blood in the phial was touted as the monthly cycling of the holy mother. I did apologise but I do feel real revulsion for the morbidity of the rcc . I want to throw up. But here is another awful image……”in dis holy phial is the decayed vomit of pope pukka de turd when he got pissed it at the holy mother convent christmas bash…sorry but the antics of the pious are sending me round the twist.

  23. Kevin RR says:

    Irreverand: We old punk rockers prefer the term Frankenchrist.

  24. Paul Cook says:

    I agree this is disgusting. what is it supposed to represent. A vial of blood in what looks like a very expensive silver ‘thing’. These people are a joke. if they stopped to think how ridiculous they dress, how they act and kissing that stupid thing. Is this the behaviour of a supposedly very intelligent person.

    what magic is this supposed to bring?

    what is truly funny about the theft is ‘how did the omnipotent creator of everything who is everywhere sees everything hears and knows every thought did not stop the theft? and how come ‘it’ hasn’t helped locate the burglars and struck them down. I wonder therefore if there is any truth in the bible about entire races of people being stuck down, killed murdered with one stroke etc.

    and what did the priest say about this ‘he asks everyone to pray’. what a pathetic statement.

  25. WTF says:

    No, really….hanging out of the back of small choir boys is one thing but keeping body parts of long dead bigots is something else! Haven’t the police got better things to do than chase after a manky plaster from a hidey-hole in a weirdos lair??!