Pope John Paul II's relics displayed in Mexico

August 25, 2011 - 2:10 PM
Mexico Pope Relics

People stand around a glass case containing a wax figure of Pope John Paul II with relics and a vial of the ex-pontiff's blood at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Thursday Aug. 25 2011. Relics of Pope John Paul II have arrived for public display in Mexico City for a four-month tour of the country. Mexico was the third most visited country by the pope, behind his homeland of Poland and France. He died in 2005 at the age of 84. He was beatified in May. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Relics of Pope John Paul II have arrived for public display in Mexico City, kicking off a four-month tour of the country that will hit more than 100 locations.

Worshippers applauded, cried and prayed Thursday morning as a vial of the ex-pontiff's blood and a wax figure of the pope donning a papal robe arrived at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Mexico was the third-most-visited country by the pope, behind his homeland of Poland and France. He died in 2005 at the age of 84. He was beatified in May.

The relics will be on display at the basilica until Sunday. They arrived last week but remained behind closed doors until now.

The tour will end in December.

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