Relic of Pope John Paul II Stolen from Cologne Cathedral

Country: Germany

Date of incident: June 5, 2016

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private



German police report that unknown perpetrators stole a small piece of fabric with a drop of the Pope's blood.

The relic was held in a glass container at the base of a statue of John Paul II and the container was poised from the statue's base.
Gerd Bachner, dean of the cathedral, is shocked about the incident. Urging the thief to return the relic, he said he is not concerned about the tangible value but "spiritual value" of the relic. He noted that this was a loss everyone who visits the Cathedral.  
Source: Kath.net and Reuters