5/5/2021 6:15:42 AM
Catholics Love Their Relics
On a misions trip, I had a chance to witness to Catholics at St. Anthony's Chapel in Pittsburg. The church has over 5,000 relics of saints, more than any church outside of the Vatican. A relic is a part of a holy person’s body or belongings kept as an object of reverence. There are three classifications of relics. First-class relics are a piece of the saint’s body, such as hair, bone, or teeth. Second-class relics are something the saint owned like a piece of clothing. Third-class relics are a piece of cloth or a medal touched by a saint.
Saint Anthony's has the body of St. Demetrius and a tooth from St. Anthony. There is supposedly a splinter from the cross Jesus was crucified on, a thorn from the crown of thorns and a piece of stone from the tomb. Also displayed as a relic is a blood-stained piece of a garment Pope John Paul was wearing when he was shot in Saint Peter's Square in 1981.