Saint's relics prompt reflection on God's mercy

Relics of St. Maria Goretti ad St. Peter Cathedral in Belleville, Ill.

Father Anthony Gerber held a precious gift on the visit to St. Peter Cathedral in Belleville, Ill.

Given to him by the Discalced Carmelite Sisters for his ordination in May 2011, the gift is a small monstrance, gold in color, about six-inches tall and containing a first-class relic of St. Maria Goretti.

October 7, 2015

PHILADELPHIA -- The major relics of St. Maria Goretti, known as the "patroness of purity," are on a "pilgrimage of mercy" in the United States this fall.

It the first time that her body has been in the United States. Before the relics are scheduled to be flown back to Italy Nov. 13, they will have been venerated in close to 20 states, including in Belleville, Ill., on October 19. According to the website...

November 18, 2013

VATICAN CITY  --For the first time, bones traditionally believed to be relics of St. Peter the Apostle will be displayed for public veneration in St. Peter's Square Nov. 24, at a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis to conclude the Year of Faith.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, made the announcement at a Vatican news conference Nov. 18.

The bones, which were...

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