Posts Tagged ‘relics’

Pope to asked to intervene after Lord Sugar mocks relics Comments 0

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Pope Francis must speak out against British businessman and politician Lord Sugar after he indulged in “sacrilegious mockery of religious relics” to make a cheap political point aimed at Jeremy Corbyn. Read more Related Posts:Pope Francis gives relics of St Peter to Orthodox patriarchLiturgy is not ‘styles, recipes,…Lent, a time for a little less hypocrisyPope Read more

St Peter’s remains found Comments 0

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Bones said to be St Peter’s have been found near the altar in a church in Rome. St Peter, who was the first Pope, died about 2,000 years ago. The relics were found under the floor in clay pots in the 1,000-year-old Church of Santa Maria in Cappella in the district of Trastevere. Read more Read more

Russians flock to see relics Comments 0

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Over 300,000 Russians have been standing in huge lines for up to 10 hours to visit a gilded ark thought to carry bone fragment relics of St Nicholas. “The thing is, people don’t have much to hope for … they have nothing else to rely on, other than to go and pray,” says Xenia Loutchenko, Read more

Relics whose stories have gripped the world Comments 0

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The University of Oxford is to become a world leading centre into the study of religious relics following the launch of a new department. This ground-breaking centre, based in Keble College’s Advanced Studies Centre, is to be composed of computer and medical scientists as well as historians, classicists and theologians. Such an interdisciplinary approach builds Read more

Relics and artifacts can help us ‘find Jesus’ Comments 0

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
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Why are we so fascinated with any historical artifact — relics, as some call them — associated with Jesus? Even the most suspect claim of a “lost” gospel or an “explosive” archaeological find that purports to shed light on the man from Galilee can generate a media frenzy, and gives believers — or skeptics — Read more

Fulton Sheen beatification process on indefinite hold Comments 0

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The cause for beatification of American evangelist Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been suspended indefinitely because of a spat between two US dioceses. In a September 3 communiqué, the Diocese of Peoria, where Archbishop Sheen was born, announced that the cause was suspended “for the foreseeable future” and would be assigned to a Vatican archive. This Read more

Saints, pigs and the Bishop of PNG Comments 0

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Stepping over a pig about to be slaughtered while accompanying the relic of a potential saint may seem a somewhat unusual piece of Church business. But for Bishop of Papua New Guinea’s Kimbe province Capuchin Bill Fey such events are not especially unusual. “On that instance, I was part of a procession carrying a relic of Read more

Vatican unveils bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter Comments 0

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The Vatican on Sunday unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter. Pope Francis prayed before the bones, which were revealed in a bronze case near the alter at a mass celebrating the end of the Year of Faith in St. Peter’s Square, the Associated Press reports. The remains were discovered in Read more

Unprecedented: St Peter’s relics to be displayed for public veneration Comments 0

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

The Vatican is planning to end the Year of Faith with an unprecedented display of St Peter’s relics. It is the first time in history, the bones, believed to be those of first Bishop of Rome’s bones will leave the Vatican Grotto and be on display for public veneration. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president for the Pontifical Read more

Fantastically Bejeweled Skeletons of Catholicism’s Forgotten Martyrs Comments 0

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

When Peter Koudounaris, an art historian was asked, “Are you interested in seeing a dilapidated old church in the forest with a skeleton standing there covered in jewels and holding a cup of blood in his left hand like he’s offering you a toast?” his’ answer was, “Yes, of course.” The skeleton, he learned, was Read more