St. Francis Xavier relic attracts thousands for powerful moments of veneration in Calgary
They came by the thousands for a brief but powerful moment to venerate the 465-year-old forearm of St. Francis Xavier.
It may seem curious, but for thousands of Catholics the body parts of the 16th-century saint are considered to be a holy relic, a symbol of grace and faith.
The relic is on a first-ever national tour of 15 cities, organized by the Catholic Christian Outreach, the Canadian Jesuits and the Archdiocese of Ottawa for Canada’s 150th-anniversary celebrations. The tour ends in Ottawa on Feb. 2 when the relic will be transported back to Rome.
Thousands came to venerate the relic of St.