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Cloth with Pope John Paul II's blood stolen from German cathedral

Pope John Paul II during his visit to Ireland in the summer of 1979
Staff Reporter

A CLOTH with a drop of blood from the late Pope John Paul II has been stolen from Cologne cathedral.

German police said a visitor noticed on Sunday that the religious relic had disappeared and alerted a church usher.

In a statement, police quoted the cathedral's provost, Gerd Bachner, lamenting the spiritual loss of the relic.

Police said the cloth was in a glass container that had been removed from the base of a sculpture commemorating the pope's visit to Cologne in 1980.

Bachner urged the thief to return the relic.

Pope John Paul II died in 2005.

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