Stolen cloth stained with the blood of Pope John Paul is discovered in garage belonging to drug addicts

  • Blood-soaked cloth stolen from chapel in Abruzzo mountains on Saturday
  • It has now been found in home of two men arrested by police
  • Case and cloth have now been pieced together again, bishop says
  • Pope John Paul II is due to be officially declared a saint in April
  • A selection of artifacts associated with John Paul II is touring Europe


PUBLISHED: 09:48 EST, 31 January 2014 | UPDATED: 09:48 EST, 31 January 2014


The piece of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope John Paul has today been recovered in the basement of two of the men detained for stealing the reliquary last week.

Police believe that the men accused of stealing the cloth, both in their early twenties, are drug addicts, a press conference in L’Aquila, east of Rome, was told today.

The piece of blood-soaked cloth worn by the Pope when he was shot in a failed assassination attempt in 1981 was stolen on Saturday from a medieval sanctuary in the Abruzzo mountains.

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