The auxiliary bishop of l’Aquila, Giovanni D’Ercole, joined police at a news conference Friday to announce that he had been able to piece the fabric back together. The fabric had been found in the garage of one of the three people detained for the theft.
The relic went missing last week from the church in the Apennine mountains where John Paul liked to ski. It contained blood from when he was shot in 1981.
John Paul, who died in 2005, will become a saint April 27.
As for the thieves, D’Ercole said: “The forgiveness of John Paul II is total, as is ours.”
More Nation & World Headlines
Cop indicted for murder in traffic-stop shooting Will ‘Happy Birthday’ song be free to use soon? Debris linked to missing Malaysian 777 2:15 a.m. Export-Import Bank excluded from highway bill 777 departs Aleutians after emergency landing House approves highway funding bill Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead, Afghans say Administration wants to give prisoners access to Pell grants
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.