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A relic containing several drops of blood of the late Pope John Paul II has been looted from the Cathedral of Spoleto in Central Italy.

The news was announced by the local church authorities, who in their statement condemned the aggravated act and made heartfelt calls for the return of the reply.

"The theft of the venerable relic was discovered late Wednesday as workers closed the cathedral overnight and was immediately reported to police," the Archdiocese of Spoleto-Norcia said in a statement.

This bottle has been part of the cathedral since 2016, two years after John Paul II, born in Poland as Karol Wojtyla, became a saint by Pope Francis.

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