Vatican City, Jan 23, 2020 / 10:28 am
The relics of St. Timothy are in Rome this week for veneration during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The relics of St. Paul's "beloved disciple" will remain in a side altar of the Basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls through Jan. 25, when Pope Francis will visit the basilica to pray vespers on the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.
On Jan. 26, Timothy's relics will be moved to St. Peter's Basilica for the papal Mass celebrating the first Sunday of the Word of God, instituted by Pope Francis as a day to promote knowledge and love of Scripture.
St. Timothy has come to be considered a symbol of unity, particularly among Orthodox Christians and Catholics. In 2011, Russian Orthodox and Catholic bishops met in Termoli, Italy to pray and venerate Timothy's relics together.