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Pope Francis: Gift of St. Peter’s relics meant to encourage Christian...

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said giving fragments of St. Peter's bones to the head of the church founded by Peter's brother, St. Andrew,...

Honoring saints can heal body, soul, says priest leading relics tour

MIDDLESEX, N.J. — Father Carlos Martins preaches that for Catholics to reach heaven, they must possess forgiving hearts, participate in the sacraments and live...

Why do Catholics venerate relics?

The veneration of relics is a fundamentally biblical practice; it is not some sort of innovation in the centuries after Christ. On the contrary,...

Two U.S. Catholic sites hold vast collections of relics

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics in Ohio is home to more than 1,153 relics, ranging from slivers of Christ's cross and...

Authenticating and protecting relics: The new Vatican instruction

The significance of relics in the church is well crystallized by the Gospel story of the woman desperate to stop her bleeding who approached...

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