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The hand of St. Francis Xavier is seen in a reliquary at the Jesuits' Church of the Gesu in Rome Sept. 8. Relics of holy people have been venerated since early Christianity. (CNS/Paul Haring)

The hand of St. Francis Xavier is seen in a reliquary at the Jesuits' Church of the Gesu in Rome Sept. 8. Relics of holy people have been venerated since early Christianity. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Catacomb 'Saints', Jewel-Encrusted Skeletons Photographed By Paul Koudounaris (PICTURES)

Jewel-Encrusted Skeletons Are The Catacomb 'Saints' Of Europe (PICTURES)

Catacomb 'Saints', Jewel-Encrusted Skeletons Photographed By Paul Koudounaris (PICTURES)

Two drops of the precious blood collected by St. Louis, and displayed in a reliquary in the Basilica of the Precious Blood of Neuvy-Saint-Sepulchre.

Two drops of the precious blood collected by St. Louis, and displayed in a reliquary in the Basilica of the Precious Blood of Neuvy-Saint-Sepulchre.

Bust of Emperor Charlemagne... Reliquary / Religious Icons More Pins Like This At : FOSTERGINGER @ Pinterest

Bust of Emperor Charlemagne... Reliquary / Religious Icons More Pins Like This At : FOSTERGINGER @ Pinterest

Relic of the skull of St. John Chrysostom (died ca. 407.) His left ear remains incorrupt (not decaying.) Witnesses say the Apostle Paul appeared and spoke into St. John's ear ear as he wrote Athos commentaries on St. Paul's epistles.

Relic of the skull of St. John Chrysostom (died ca. 407.) His left ear remains incorrupt (not decaying.) Witnesses say the Apostle Paul appeared and spoke into St. John's ear ear as he wrote Athos commentaries on St. Paul's epistles.

Reliquary Bust of a Female Saint : 17th CenturyVander Kelen-Mertens Museum : Leuven, Belgium

Reliquary Bust of a Female Saint : 17th CenturyVander Kelen-Mertens Museum : Leuven, Belgium

UNKNOWN GOLDSMITH, French Reliquary Effigy of St Foy 983-1013 Gold and silver gilt over a wooden core, height 85cm Church Treasury, Conques

UNKNOWN GOLDSMITH, French Reliquary Effigy of St Foy 983-1013 Gold and silver gilt over a wooden core, height 85cm Church Treasury, Conques

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