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Orthodox town retrieves saint’s relics from Catholic monastery

.- The relics of St. Peter of Argos, a tenth-century bishop and miracle-worker, have been returned to the town of which he is patron saint, the Katherimini newspaper reports.

The relics were taken to Rome by a bishop during Frankish invaders’ occupation of the area in the 14th century.

Local churchmen began searching for the relics in the 1990s, finally locating them in a monastery chapel near Rome.  “We had looked everywhere for them,” local Bishop Iakovos said.

Thousands of devotees crowded the streets and church bells sounded as the relics were taken into the local cathedral for display and veneration.

Observers say the return of the relics is another sign of improved relations between the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

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