PEORIA, Ill. – A piece of religious history is coming to Peoria.
On Monday, November 18, a first class relic of Pope John Paul II is coming to the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception.
The relic is a vial of blood encased in a gold gospel book which has been used in advancing the late pope's cause for sainthood.
It will be available for public and private viewing.
Bishop Jenky will celebrate a mass at 7:15 p.m. on Monday. Time for private veneration will follow. Holy cards with John Paul II’s image will be given to those in attendance.
“Similar to how heirlooms such as photographs, jewelry, or a lock of hair from a departed loved one are treasured by families, relics help connect Catholics to our holy brothers and sisters,” said Msgr. James Kruse, vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria.