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The mission arrives at Oxford Street (Penny Badwal)

The saints go marching into Soho

Joyful, singing Catholics meandered along Oxford Street carrying relics

Missionaries of Charity nuns present a relic of St. Teresa of Kolkata at canonisation ceremony (CNS)

The container holding the relics of St Teresa reflects her work and values, says priest

Paintings of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher (CNS composite photo/Public domain)

A nationwide tour of relics of St Thomas More and St John Fisher will begin on Sunday

Cardinal Nichols and Cardinal Erdo hold the relic outside Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The bone fragment is thought to be part of the elbow of St Thomas, who was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170

A man reaches for the box containing the mortal remains of Padre Pio (AP)

Perhaps an unwillingness to consider such devotions highlights a lack of humility

St Francis Xavier

As a new centre to study relics opens in Oxford, Fr Matthew Pittam takes a look at some more unusual examples

Jamestown, Virginia: crosses mark the burial places of four of the earliest settler leaders, including Captain Gabriel Archer (Photo: AP)

A reliquary found in Jamestown, Virginia, gives a Catholic foundation to a country so often thought of as Protestant

Archbishop Leo Cushley holding the relics during the service (Paul McSherry)

Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews and Edinburgh carried the relics of St Margaret, the 11th-century Queen of Scots

The relics of Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin at the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Boniface in Plymouth (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux’s parents are being taken on a week-long tour of England

The relics of Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin at the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Boniface in Plymouth (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Blessed Zélie is an inspirational figure who raised five children, became a master of her trade and never allowed commerce to harden her heart