Relics of John Paul II arrive in Mexico City

Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 26, 2011 / 02:02 pm (CNA).- Relics of Blessed John Paul II arrived at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City on Aug. 25.

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City said that Mexico “is privileged” to be the first country to receive the relics.

He recalled that during his trips to Mexico and around the world, Blessed John Paul II preached in support of life, the family, peace and justice, which are so desperately needed today in Mexico.

The relics will remain at the basilica until Aug. 28. They consist of a vial of the late pontiff’s blood as well as a wax figure of the Pope dressed in vestments he used during his pontificate.

The complete itinerary of the relics can be found at: