A strange investigation is underway in Rome after a church was robbed Saturday. What did the thieves take? A relic containing a vial of blood from Pope John Paul II. 

"The relic was at the church in the Abuso section in Italy where the pope loved to go skiing. Dozens of police officers are on the case, they're using dogs to pick up a scent." (Via WNBC)

According to NBC, police believe the theft was probably commissioned because the only thing stolen was the one relic, with several other valuables left behind.

It's one of just three John Paul II relics containing his blood and is considered to be of great religious value. So why steal his blood? Well, this is where things get kind of creepy. 

"Police think the people who took it will try to use it for satanic rites instead of trying to sell it." (Via KXAS)

International Business Times cited an Italian watchdog group that said the day the pope's blood was stolen corresponds with the dominium, or ownership, of the demon Volac. 

Another theory — International Holocaust Remembrance day is January 27, and the group says . (Via History Channel

In 2012 a relic of Pope John Paul II was stolen as a priest was traveling with it in a backpack. (Via The Independent

It contained blood from the late Pope that was taken after an assassination attempt in 1981. Police later recovered that relic. (Via ABC)

Pope John Paul II died in 2005. He's due to become a Saint in April. 

Vial Of Pope John Paul II's Blood Stolen

by Jasmine Bailey
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Jan 27, 2014

Vial Of Pope John Paul II's Blood Stolen

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons / Nikolaus von Nathusius)

BY Jasmine Bailey

A strange investigation is underway in Rome after a church was robbed Saturday. What did the thieves take? A relic containing a vial of blood from Pope John Paul II. 


"The relic was at the church in the Abruzzo section in Italy, where the pope loved to go skiing. Dozens of police officers are on the case. They're using dogs to try to pick up a scent." (Via WNBC)


According to NBC, police believe the theft was probably commissioned because the only thing stolen was the one relic, with several other valuables left behind.


It's one of just three John Paul II relics containing his blood and is considered to be of great religious value. So why steal his blood? Well, this is where things get kind of creepy. 


"Police think the people who took it will try to use it for satanic rites instead of trying to sell it." (Via KXAS)


International Business Times cited an Italian watchdog group that said the day the pope's blood was stolen corresponds with the dominium, or ownership, of the demon Valac. 


Another theory — International Holocaust Remembrance day is Jan. 27, and the Times says for some, this marks the beginning of rituals in preparation for Satan's birthday Feb. 1. (Via History Channel


As The Independent points out, in 2012 a relic of Pope John Paul II was stolen as a priest was traveling with it in a backpack.


It contained blood from the late pope that was taken after an assassination attempt in 1981. Police later recovered that relic. (Via ABC)


Pope John Paul II died in 2005. He's set to be declared a saint in April. 

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