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From left: Relic of the Lignum Crucis, Holy Shroud, and Holy Chalice.

Three relics of Christ’s Passion housed in Spain

Apr 1, 2021

By CNA Staff

While the Shroud of Turin – believed to be the burial cloth that wrapped the body of Jesus after his... Read more

The reliquary of Carlo Acutis in Ełk, Poland

Relics of Carlo Acutis brought to Poland in hope of inspiring young Catholics

Mar 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Relics of Carlo Acutis can now be found in a cathedral in Poland thanks to the initiative of a youth... Read more

Rosary used by Mother Seton   Credit: National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Relics of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to be displayed this summer at her shrine

Mar 4, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Sisters of Charity of New York have donated several of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s relics to the National Shrine... Read more

St. Anthony's Chapel in Pittsburgh, PA, with the largest collection of relics outside Rome.

How 5,000 relics found a home in a Pittsburgh chapel

Apr 10, 2020

By Adelaide Mena

Nestled in a sleepy neighborhood in the hills rising over Pittsburgh lies a small chapel. Inside St. Anthony’s Chapel lies... Read more

The display of St. Timothy’s relics at the altar of St. Paul’s conversion in St. Paul’s Outside the Walls.

St. Timothy's relics moved to Rome for Week of Christian Unity

Jan 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The relics of St. Timothy are in Rome this week for veneration during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Read more

A nun venerates the relics of St. Teresa of Avila in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Is it weird that Catholics venerate relics? Here's why we do

Nov 29, 2019

By Mary Farrow

“We are many parts, but we are all one body,” says the refrain of a popular '80s Church hymn, based... Read more

Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame in Quebec City.

Relics of Canadian saints stolen from Quebec City's Cathedral

Oct 25, 2019

By Mary Farrow

The Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame in Quebec is working to replace relics of Canadian saints that were stolen after... Read more

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I in Greece, April 16, 2016.

Pope Francis gives relic of St. Peter's bones to Orthodox patriarch

Jul 3, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis gave unexpectedly a reliquary containing what are believed to be bone fragments of St. Peter to Orthodox Patriarch... Read more

What’s the difference between crystals and relics?

Nov 30, 2018

By Mary Farrow

To the outside viewer, crystals are pretty rocks.  Read more

The heart of St Laurence O'Toole.

After shocking theft, heart of Irish saint returns home

Nov 16, 2018

The heart of St. Laurence O’Toole is again on public display six years after it was stolen, and 800 years... Read more

The heart of St. John Vianney.

Knights of Columbus announce St John Vianney relic tour

Aug 21, 2018

The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus announced Tuesday that the fraternal organization will sponsor a US tour of... Read more

Pope John Paul II.

Archdiocese of Manila receives first-class relic of John Paul II

Apr 7, 2018

A relic of St. Pope John Paul II was recently gifted to the Archdiocese of Manila by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisw,... Read more

St. Anthony's Chapel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has the largest collection of relics outside of Rome. August 7, 2015.

Treat saints' relics right, says new Vatican directive

Dec 16, 2017

The relics of Christian saints and blesseds deserve special care and their authenticity must be certified by the Church, the... Read more

The relic of St. Maximilian Kolbe which will be venerated at the St. Francis Chapel in Boston's Prudential Center Mall.

A Boston mall chapel will house the relics of three saints

Oct 12, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Relics of St. Faustina Kowalska, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. John Paul II will be coming to a Boston mall’s... Read more

Fr. Rother with a young child.

What it's like to gather relics of Fr. Stanley Rother

Sep 20, 2017

By Mary Farrow

When Fr. Stanley Rother, a missionary priest from Okarche, Oklahoma, was killed by rebels in Guatemala, his body was transferred... Read more

St. Peter statue.

St. Peter's bones? Maintenance worker makes surprising discovery

Sep 13, 2017

During routine restoration of a nearly 1000 year-old church, a worker discovered bone fragments in clay pots – which may... Read more

Padre Pio.

St. Padre Pio's relics are touring the US!

Aug 28, 2017

Relics of St. Padre Pio will soon be touring the United States, with stops at a number of dioceses during... Read more

Shroud of Turin featuring positive (L) and negative (R) digital filters.

New research: Shroud of Turin bears blood of a torture victim

Jul 14, 2017

New research indicates that the Shroud of Turin shows signs of blood from a torture victim, and undermines arguments that... Read more

Stolen relic of St John Bosco's brain recovered

Jun 16, 2017

A relic of St. John Bosco, which had been stolen from an Italian basilica two weeks ago, has been recovered,... Read more

A Medieval devotion alive and well for a handful of modern Romans

Apr 14, 2017

By Ann Schneible

In the hours after evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, a few pilgrims in Rome make their... Read more