Category Archives: Sacramentals and Relics

Category: Sacramentals and Relics

Catholic Action League Rebukes Emily Rooney for Defaming Saint Padre Pio

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized public television host Emily Rooney for claiming that Padre Pio—Catholicism’s most popular modern saint—was “a charlatan.” Rooney, a former network television producer, moderates a weekly, half-hour discussion program, Beat the Press, where she and four panelists, usually a mix of columnists and professors of journalism, analyze news coverage of local and national events. The program is broadcast on Boston’s WGBH-TV, the so-called flagship … More →


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World’s Fastest Man Wears Miraculous Medal

Epic Pew: On the evening of Sunday, August 14, 2016, famed Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won gold in a characteristically dynamic and seemingly effortless 100-meter performance at his third consecutive Olympics, this time in Rio de Janeiro, making him the first athlete to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100-meter dash. Read the rest here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Priest Touches Scapular of Dead Man and He Comes Back to Life

National Catholic Register, Joseph Pronechen: How would you react if you saw a dead man suddenly come back to life? Father John Higgins can tell you about his reaction. He was a main part of the story. Father Higgins is the pastor of St. Raymond Nonatus Church in Downey, Calif., a city in southeast Los Angeles County. He’s a genial, good-natured, friendly and cheerful, a … More →

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All About the Medal or Cross of St. Benedict

Abbot Dom Gueranger authored a book, The Medal or Cross of Saint Benedict, in which he affirms that the Medal is the most ancient of the Church’s sacramentals, having been approved in the eleventh century by Pope Saint Leo IX. We have this book in our bookstore here. National Catholic Register, Angelo Stagnaro: Most people, Catholics included, don’t realize how indebted the Church, Europe and the … More →

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Study Finds That the Shroud and the Sudarium Covered the Same Man

Aleteia: The study thus supports what tradition has held for more than two millennia: that the two cloths came from the same historical person, who, according to this tradition, was Jesus of Nazareth. The Shroud of Turin would have been the linen that covered that body of Jesus when he was placed in the tomb, while the Sudarium would have been the cloth used to cover … More →

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Relic of Christ’s Tunic Displayed in France

Catholic Culture: The Holy Tunic of Christ, a relic venerated in Argenteuil, France, since the Middle Ages, has been displayed for the veneration of the faithful at the Basilica of Saint Denys. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Relics of Confessors St. Padre Pio and St. Leopold Arrive in Rome

CNS: Thousands of people waited hours outside a Rome church to glimpse the mortal remains of St. Padre Pio and St. Leopold Mandic, two Capuchins popular as miracle workers and known particularly for the long hours they would spend hearing confessions. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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After the Vatican Largest Collection of Relics May Be in Pittsburgh Church

Saint Anthony Chapel in Pittsburgh hosts over 5000 relics, including a piece of the True Cross, a Thorn from the Crown of Thorns, and those of many saints. The Abbey of Saint Benedict Center in Still River, Massachusetts, has a Relic Room with over 500 relics. It is called Saint James Room. I have visited it several times. A large number of these relics were … More →


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Goa: 45 Day Exposition of S Francis Xavier Closes, 4 Million Honor Him

UCANews: Close to four million pilgrims turned out to view the relics of Saint Francis Xavier during a 45-day exhibition in Goa, which concluded Sunday. The relics of the sixteenth-century missionary, presented at the “Exposition of the sacred relics of the St Francis Xavier”, are typically displayed just once a decade. On the final day, about 10,000 people waited in line for hours to take … More →

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The Crucifix is Mandatory in Padua Public Schools and Offices

Padua, June 25 – The mayor of the northern city of Padua declared Wednesday that all public buildings must display a Catholic crucifix.    “Now every office and every school will get a nice mandatory crucifix donated by the city. Hands off the crucifixes or you will be in trouble”, Mayor Massimo Bitonci, who is from the anti-immigrant Northern League party, wrote on his Facebook page. … More →

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Veil of Manoppello Sparking New Interest in America

CNA: The Shrine to the Holy Face of Christ tucked into Italy’s Appennine mountains is starting to catch the attention of the world, particularly that of American Catholics. “We have a lot of Italians, of course, and many Germans but now we’re seeing more and more pilgrims from the U.S.,” said Sister Blandina Paschalis Schloemer, a Trappist nun and daily pilgrim that lives within eye-shot of … More →

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Relics of St. Peter to Be Exposed for First Time Ever

National Catholic Register: For the first time and to coincide with the end of the Year of Faith, the Vatican is to put on public display the relics of St. Peter. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, announced the Vatican’s plans in a Nov. 8 article in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. Recalling how many pilgrims have made … More →

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David Ortiz Wears The Scapular

And, on a lesser note, Red Sox romp over Detroit last night (September 4) 20-4. Here’s a picture of David Ortiz wearing what appears to be a red scapular. From Uni7Watch  August 8, 2013 : Anyone know what that is around David Ortiz’ neck, from last night’s game, (good spot by Kris Hunt). In case anyone would like to know more about Scapulars. Comment Box: Steven Pindar: David … More →

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Flag of France used officially in the Kingdom of France and Bourbon Restoration and still used by legitimists today.

Oldest Daughter of the Church, II

[Part I] Given all the years that have passed, and despite all of this history, one might well wonder why we should care about the French Monarchy and its claimants. It has been gone, after all, for a long time. For that matter, why should its claimants and their partisans struggle so strenuously for it? The answer is several-fold. For Frenchmen, of course, the shadow … More →


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The Baptism of King Clovis by St. Remigius

Oldest Daughter of the Church

The American in Paris of Traditionalist bent will, in addition to the usual sights, doubtless seek out the Traditional Mass at such churches as the SSPX’s Saint Nicolas-du-Chardonnet or else Versailles’ Notre Dame des Armees. After Mass, he will then notice a number of vendors of newspapers and magazines, mostly young. Some may — much to the Yankee visitor’s surprise — be sympathetic to the … More →


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