Eek alert! In Italy I saw many body parts of saints on display in basilicas and museums. They represent a centuries-old Roman Catholic belief that the bodies of saints manifest holiness, and therefore, are to be venerated. It’s very odd.Take for example, St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), a mystic who worked toward peace within the church. She persuaded Pope Gregory XI to move from France, where many popes had ruled, and to return to Italy, restoring it as the seat of papal power. She is […]

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