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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...

Look it up: Relics, more precious than costly stones or gold

Judaism and Catholicism are very earthy religions. After all, the universe is God's handiwork. He comes to us through his creation, and we give...

‘If I can only I can touch his cloak …’

Catholic News Service There are those in our church (me, for instance) to whom venerating any sort of object — a painting, a statue and...

Why honor a saint’s relics?

Catholic News Service The human heart is a clear symbol in human language for love. To speak of giving one’s heart away, whether in pop...

Fortnight for Freedom: Martyrs’ relics linked to today’s threats to...

Catholic News Service BALTIMORE — Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori linked urgent matters of “immigration, marriage and the church's teaching on sexuality” to a pair...

Relics of St. Padre Pio, St. Leopold arrive in Rome for...

Catholic News Service ROME — Thousands of people waited hours outside a Rome church to glimpse the mortal remains of St. Padre Pio and St....

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