Philadelphia Gets a Visit From a First-Class Relic of St. John Paul II

The first-class relic of St. John Paul II touring the US is stopping in Phillie this weekend. I hope to make it there, if time allows. Here’s the press release from the Diocese:

A precious Relic of the recently canonized Pope Saint John Paul II will be exposed for public veneration between all of the Masses at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103.


Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20, 2014

  • 5:15 p.m. (Saturday Mass in Basilica)
  • 8:00 a.m. (Sunday Mass in Cathedral Chapel)
  • 9:30 a.m. (Sunday Mass in Basilica)
  • 11:00 a.m. (Sunday Mass in Basilica)
  • 12:30 p.m. (Sunday Spanish Mass in Cathedral Chapel)
  • 3:00 p.m. (Divine Mercy Chaplet in Basilica)
  • 6:30 p.m. (Sunday Mass in Basilica)

At the conclusion of each Mass on Saturday and Sunday, there will be a blessing with the Relic of Pope Saint John Paul II asking for his heavenly intercession. Everyone is welcome to the Cathedral Basilica for this weekend of devotion.

The Relic is of the Holy Father’s blood, which remains in a liquid state. The Knights of Columbus have been entrusted with this Relic to foster devotion to Pope Saint John Paul II.