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Relic procession at St. Francis de Sales Oratory honors life and faith of St. Louis IX

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The celebration of St. Louis last weekend at St. Francis de Sales Oratory was certainly fit for a king.

Nearly 250 people in their Sunday finest — many young families, with women in dresses and lace veils and men in crisp suits — processed the streets surrounding the south St. Louis Oratory Oct. 19 with a relic of St. Louis IX, King of France. The procession was followed by a sermon from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, evening prayer sung in Latin and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Relic of Blessed John Paul II reported stolen

VATICAN CITY -- Thieves reportedly stole a relic of Blessed John Paul II from a country chapel 85 miles east of Rome.

Italian media reported Jan. 27 that the relic, a piece of fabric soaked in Blessed John Paul's blood, had disappeared over the preceding weekend from the church of San Pietro della Ienca. The church is located near the city of L'Aquila, in the mountainous Abruzzo region where the late pope frequently went on brief vacations.

Missing relics returned to Ste. Genevieve Church

Father Dennis Schmidt offers the prayer of consecration during holy mass celebrated at Ste. Genevieve Catholic church in St. Genevieve, Missouri.

A parishioner attending early morning Mass Jan. 14 called Father Dennis Schmidt, pastor of Ste. Genevieve Parish in Ste. Genevieve, to the back of church.

And there it was in a clear, plastic bag — nine relics that disappeared from the church sometime around Christmas.

Father Schmidt was hoping the parish would recover the precious items believed to have been stolen in recent weeks. The media was alerted earlier this month and a number of reports were made about the case.

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