Relic of Pope John Paul II venerated in New Haven

A faithful from Mexico holds a large drawing of John Paul II as she stands in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Pilgrims and faithful are gathering in Rome to attend Sunday's ceremony at the Vatican where Pope Francis will elevate in a solemn ceremony John XXIII and John Paul II to sainthood. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
A faithful from Mexico holds a large drawing of John Paul II as she stands in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Pilgrims and faithful are gathering in Rome to attend Sunday's ceremony at the Vatican where Pope Francis will elevate in a solemn ceremony John XXIII and John Paul II to sainthood. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A relic of John Paul II will be available for public veneration at St. Stanislaus Church in New Haven on the same day the late pope is declared a saint.

The relic will be shown during a 3 p.m. prayer service Sunday.

Following the prayer service, there will be a procession with the relic to the Knights of Columbus Museum where it will be available for veneration until 7 p.m. The relic, a fragment of the pope’s bloodstained cassock from the May 13, 1981, attempt on his life in St. Peter’s Square, is normally housed at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., which is also operated by the Knights of Columbus.

The events are free and open to the public. John Paul died in 2005.

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