MANILA - Filipino devotees will get a chance to venerate the blood relic of Saint John Paul II.
In a press conference on Thursday, Manila Cathedral rector Rev. Fr. Reginald Malicdem unveiled the blood relic, which is still in liquid form in a glass container.
The relic was given by Poland's Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, former secretary of John Paul II.
A welcome Mass will be held on Saturday, April 7 at 9 a.m. to be presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.
After the mass, there will be a film showing of "The Last Days of Pope John Paul II" which will then be followed by public veneration of the relic until 8 p.m.
On Sunday, April 8 the public will again get the chance to venerate the relic from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Relics are physical objects which have direct association with saints or with Jesus Christ himself.
John Paul II, born Karol Józef Wojtyla, was the 264th pope of the Catholic Church. He was canonized by Pope Francis in 2014 following the recognition of a miracle attributed to his intercession where a woman recovered from an inoperable brain aneurysm.
As the Roman Pontiff, John Paul II visited the Philippines twice: in 1982, when he beatified Filipino martyr Lorenzo Ruiz, and in 1995, to attend the World Youth Day.
He also visited the Philippines in 1976 when he was still the cardinal-archbishop of Krakow.