The Diocese of Springfield has announced, via its news and
information website www.iobserve.org, that it has been selected to
receive a first class relic of St. John Paul 2, the popular pontiff who
led the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in April 2005.
The relic originated from his bloodied undershirt from the
attempted assassination on his life in St. Peter’s Square May 13,
1981. Just this past week the assassin Mehmet Ali Ağca brought
flowers to St. John Paul 2’s tomb inside St. Peter’s Basilica.
The relic will formally be received by Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski
during a 5 PM liturgy on Jan. 31, 2015 at St. Cecelia Church,
Main Street, Wilbraham, MA.