A part of a deceased person's body or belongings who was regarded as holy(saint), kept as an object of reverence

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How are first-grade relics prepared?

Is there a formal practice to the preparation of first-grade relics? How are the remains of a saint divided? Is there a method of preservation involved? Is there now an authority in charge of ...
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How do Protestants explain the incorruptibility of Catholic and Orthodox saints?

As far as I know, there is a vast body of evidence of incorruptibility of some saints in Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Here is a picture of the incorruptible relic of St. Aleksandr Svirskij from ...
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What is the theology behind bodily relics?

In the Middle Ages body parts of saints were often put on display and pilgrims would visit them. There are still some on display to this day. What was the original theology justifying taking them? ...
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What is the evidence that the bones found under St. Peter's Basilica are actually St. Peter's bones?

There were some bone fragments found under St. Peter's Basilica in the 1940's. Pope Paul VI said in 1968 that the bones were "identified in a way that we can consider convincing." What is the ...
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What personal possessions did Pope John Paul II have at the time of death?

The pope recieves no salary, but from what I understand, popes do have some personal possessions. A personal possesion is something that you own. For example, Pope Benedict XVI, I believe, had a ...
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How did Luther view relics, like the 'preserved head of John the Baptist'?

According to wiki  Roman Catholic tradition holds that the head on display in San Silvestro in Capite in Rome is that of John the Baptist, discovered for the second time, as also maintained by ...
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What were the circumstances behind the loss of the “True Cross?”

It is my understanding that there was a relic, used by the Crusaders, that was claimed to be the very Cross on which Jesus was crucified. I also understand that sometime around 1187, it was captured ...
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How does the Catholic Church identify and collect relics?

I have been told that all major Catholic Churches contain within the alter a relic of a saint. Given that saints are not declared until long after the person in questions death, and many saint die in ...
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What is the meaning of `holy` for Christians?

What is the meaning of holy from a christian viewpoint. I observed, that the term is used for the gods, especially the Holy God (Father) and Holy Ghost persons, like holy apostles, holy St. ...