Just a few months before his canonization, a vial of Pope John Paul II’s blood has been stolen from a small church in the mountains of Italy.
Franca Corrieri, the custodian of San Pietro della lenca, noticed on Sunday morning that one of the church’s windows was broken. When police arrived, they discovered the gold reliquary that held the blood and a crucifix missing. Nothing else was stolen from the church.
Corrieri said the theft felt more like a kidnapping. She said,
“In a sense, a person has been stolen.”
Pope John Paul II was a great lover of the outdoors, and during his pontificate he would leave the Vatican secretly to hike or ski in the mountains near San Pietro della lenca. The vial of blood was given to the small church by Pope John Paul II’s former secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, because of the late-pontiff’s love of the mountainous area.
Read the full story on the theft at The Guardian.
The Walk for Life West Coast will take place tomorrow, January 25th, in San Francisco. While Immaculate Heart Radio will broadcast live from the event, most of the other news outlets will ignore the tens of thousands of people expected to stand up for the pro-life cause.
The Walk for Life West Coast organizers have asked for help in ending this media blackout, so whether you are at the Walk or listening to the live broadcast on Immaculate Heart Radio, be sure to tweet that you are following the 50,000 people at the Walk for Life West Coast. Use the hashtag #WalkforLife in your tweet and tag the local news outlets. Below are some media outlets to include in your tweets:
Thousands of pro-life advocates flooded the streets of the nation’s capitol today to mark the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in America. Despite temperatures dipping into the single digits, the crowds marched in honor of the 55 million unborn children who have been lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade.
Patrick Kelly, chairman of the March, told the crowd:
“We may be freezing, but we are freezing for the best cause in the world!”
This year’s March had a strong social media presence, with hashtags such as #PraytoEndAbortion, #whywemarch, and #marchfor life trending throughout the day. Even Pope Francis tweeted his support for the March, saying:
“I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable.”
For more information on this year’s March, visit the official March for Life web site.