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Priests and the religious will spend one day venerating the relic in Manila, Cebu and Davao during the nationwide tour under the theme, 'Healing and Reconciliation.'
Once word got out that there was another means of having access to God and to heaven than venerating relics and buying indulgences, there were huge crowds everywhere.
It replaces the primitive habit of worshipping gods in volcanoes with the modern superstition of venerating nature as a perfect balance sheet.
We are asked to consider embracing who we are versus venerating what we own.
We remained in silence and prayer; all present had the opportunity of viewing and venerating the miraculous Host.
After nearly two millennia of venerating saints, holding on to snippets of their hair or pieces of their clothing, the Catholic imagination has developed a special sensitivity to the tug of sacred objects, particularly those objects made holy by the blood, sweat, and tears of those we've held dear.