Pope John Paul II's relics displayed in Mexico

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Posted: Aug 25, 2011 2:00 PM
Pope John Paul II's relics displayed in Mexico

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.

(This version CORRECTS timeframe of display. Eliminates garble. Fixes long headline. )