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Filipinos hoping for miracles queue to kiss Pope relics

Published on Apr 1, 2014 8:39 PM

MANILA (AFP) - Hundreds of people queued in the Philippines on Tuesday to kiss the hair, bloodstained clothing and a cassock of the late Pope John Paul II, beseeching the soon-to-be-sainted Polish pontiff to perform miracles for them.

"I am so happy. I am ready to die now that I have seen his relics," retired grade school teacher Gene Suarez, 67, told AFP at a small Manila chapel where they went on display.

Visitors with smart phones, computer tablets and compact cameras snapped pictures of Karol Wojtyla's hair strands, a bloodstained piece of fabric, a skullcap, cassock, and a strip of the sheet from his deathbed.

After a packed midday mass attended by about 300 people, worshippers lined up to kiss and touch their handkerchiefs on the items, some of which were encased in gilt-edged glass boxes.

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