• Thousands of Filipinos went to the Manila Cathedral to publicly venerate the blood relic of St. Pope Paul II
• Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle told the devotees to “welcome St. Pope John Paul II to our hearts as we Filipinos are very welcome to his heart”
• The public veneration lasted unit 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 and resumes from 6 a.m, till 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 8
Thousands of Filipino Catholic devotees flocked to the Manila Cathedral to honor the blood relic of St. Pope Paul II.
As per GMA News, the Catholic faithful patiently lined up to venerate the blood remains of the saint after the mass officiated by Manila Cathedral rector Father Reginald Malicdem. The elderly and persons with disability were given priority.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle also gave a brief homily in which he told the Filipino devotees to “welcome St. Pope John Paul II to our hearts as we Filipinos are very welcome to his heart.” He said the blood relic is a special gift from the Vatican as the Manila Cathedral celebrates its 60th anniversary after it was destroyed during the World War II.
“Pope John Paul II came to us. He opened his heart. The Philippines is always welcome in his heart. Now we welcome him again – the relic of blood. Blood. Life. The life connection continues, but it is life in Christ,” Tagle said.
The public veneration lasted until 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, and will resume from 6 a.m. till 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 8.