The veneration of relics is a fundamentally biblical practice; it is not some sort of innovation in the centuries after Christ. On the contrary, as Scripture reveals, the veneration of relics was widely practiced, in one form or another, by ancient Jews as well.
Two churches in the St. Cloud Diocese will host “Exposition of Sacred Relics — Treasures of the Church” presented by Companions of the Cross Father Carlos Martins.
Published Dec. 16 in Italian by the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, the instruction clarifies and details the canonical procedures to be followed by local bishops in an effort to verify the authenticity of relics and the mortal remains of saints and blesseds, as well as better guarantee a relic’s preservation, approve and track its movements, and promote its veneration.
All are invited to join a group for a one-day pilgrimage to La Crosse, Wisconsin, Wednesday, Sept. 20, to see the relics of St. Padre Pio. The relics are making a national tour throughout the United States for the 130th anniversary of the saint’s birth. The day will include Mass and veneration of the relics […]
BALTIMORE (CNS) — Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori linked urgent matters of “immigration, marriage and the church’s teaching on sexuality” to a pair of 16th-century martyrs during a June 21 Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore that began the fifth annual Fortnight for […]
Relics of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, two 16th-century martyrs who exemplified courage and conviction in the face of persecution, are coming to St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud June 27 as part of the “Strength of the Saints” relic tour. Bishop Donald Kettler will celebrate a holy hour at the cathedral starting […]
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The relics of Syrian St. Elian, which originally were thought to have been destroyed by members of the so-called Islamic State militia, have been found amid the rubble of the desecrated Mar Elian Church in Qaryatain, Syria. The sanctuary was bulldozed in August 2015, according to Fides, the news agency of […]