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.