Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Papal relics on display in San Fabian church

SAN FABIAN – The relics and memorabilia that were used by Pope Francis during his visit in the Philippines in 2015 are currently on display for public viewing at the Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr Church here.

Dubbed “Tu Es Petrus,” the Tour of Papal Relics endeavors to share to the public the sacred artifacts and mementos used by the Pope during his stay in the country since not everyone was given a chance to personally see him.

The exhibit features the zucchetto (skullcap), vestments, ciborium (cup with an arched cover), candles and even the water bottles sipped by Pope Francis during the papal masses he conducted in Luneta, Manila Cathedral and in Tacloban City last year.

It further showcases historical and sacred collections of liturgical vessels used during papal masses, stoles used by the various Popes and concelebrating priests during masses and special occasions and other memorabilia used by St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, among others.

“These religious vestiges must be treated always with veneration and respect like the honor which people render for their departed loved ones and to heroes of the country,” Rev. Fr. Reynaldo Romero, parish priest of San Fabian, said in an interview.

Romero invited the laity to view the on-going exhibit that is significant to the Catholic faith.

The Tour of the Papal Relics is open for devotees from July 4 to July 21 at no cost. (PIA-1, Pangasinan)

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