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Living Our Faith: Authenticating and protecting relics

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Worshippers venerate the relics of St. Padre Pio at St. Francis Borgia Church in Chicago Sept. 25, 2017. The veneration of relics is a fundamentally biblical practice. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic)
May 7, 2018 @ 12:47 pm

To better ensure that the veneration of relics is properly followed, the Congregation for Saints’ Causes released a new instruction December 2017 aimed at upholding the integrity of the practice.

Relics of Saints Thomas Aquinas and Thomas More in Saint Patrick Catholic Church, Columbus, Ohio. (Wikimedia Commons)

Relics offer Catholics a way to personally connect with the communion of saints, much like how we cherish mementos of deceased family members.

The veneration of relics is a fundamentally biblical practice— Catholic News Service