Some bone, reportedly from one of the church’s oldest saints, is drawing the faithful and the curious.
From a local paper in San Bernardino, California:
Sixteen hundred years ago, if someone wanted to describe a relic of Mary Magdalene and the cave in southern France in which it rests, they would have needed a little vellum and a lot of patience.
On Sunday, all it took was the click of a camera phone.
Hundreds of faithful Catholics and even a few from other faiths brought plenty of those to St. Catherine of Siena in Rialto to capture the image of a 6-inch piece of bone believed to have been from Mary Magdalene, among the holiest saints of the church.So goes veneration of saints in the 21st century.
“It got here at 6:30 this morning,” the Rev. Stephen Porter, pastor of St. Catherine, said quietly, as if about to impart a secret. “The first thing I did was knelt in front of it and prayed. Then I took a photo of it. My Facebook page was updated with the photo by 7:30.”
The relic’s visit brought a virtual social network of Catholics and the curious to St. Catherine, its 25th stop on a one-month tour of the state that started Feb. 14. It’s the first time the relic, a fragment of bone from Mary Magdelene’s tibia, has come to California. It toured the eastern and southern U.S. in 2009.
Check out the rest, including a great gallery of pictures.