|Police stand guard in front of the cathedral as people wait in line to see drops of Pope Juan Paul's blood.|
Whether or not the drops of blood from John Paul - who visited Colombia in 1986 and died in 2005 - really contain something transcendental makes little difference as long as people believe it, which many evidently do.
Colombia is an overwhelmingly Catholic country, but only a small proportion seem to practice their faith. Yet, some of the believers practice with an intense devotion.
For his part, Pope John Paul is on the fast-track to sainthood.
El Tiempo opines that displaying the blood seems a bit archaic. One might also add morbid.
|A portrait of Pope John Paul II stands out in the window of a shop selling esoterica.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours