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Relic’s two stops in Bloomington-Normal included a rosary walk and a Mass

Amy Snell, a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Monmouth, contemplates the relic of St. John Paul II as it rests in the St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel at the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal Aug. 18. The traveling relic has been entrusted to the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, who minister at the Newman Center. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — As he did in life, St. John Paul II continued to inspire people to pray and draw closer to Jesus when a first class relic, a vial of his blood encased in a Book of the Gospels, was brought to the Bloomington-Normal area on Aug. 18. At the Newman Center that bears his […]

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Church in Silvis filled as diocesan tour of relic of St. John Paul II continues

Erin Whyte helps her 9-month-old daughter, Gianna, to touch the pilgrim relic of St. John Paul II, a vial of his blood encased in a Book of the Gospels, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Silvis on Aug. 16. Erin and Matt Whyte and their three children belong to St. Catherine Parish, Prophetstown, in the Diocese of Rockford. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

SILVIS — The first thing people see when they enter Jean McGuinty’s house is “a great big picture” of St. John Paul II — and several little ones, too. “I’ve always had tremendous respect and admiration for him,” said McGuinty, a member of St. Pius X Parish in Rock Island. She was one of several […]

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Touring relic of St. John Paul II coming to several sites in Diocese of Peoria Aug. 16-19

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, kisses the National Touring Relic of St. John Paul II during its last visit to the Diocese of Peoria in 2013. The relic, a vial of the late pope's blood, is being brought to the diocese again Aug. 16-20 with veneration opportunities in Silvis, Havana, Champaign, Bloomington, and Peoria. (The Catholic Post file photo/Daniel Sone)

Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria will have the opportunity to celebrate Mass and venerate the National Touring Relic of St. John Paul II when it is brought to several sites in mid-August. The relic, a vial of the late pope’s blood, is entrusted to the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. […]

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