Religion: Saints at Saint Patrick's

Saints at St. Patrick's

In a solemn three-hour ceremonial, a tiny reliquary (½ by 1½ by 2½ in.) was sealed into the new high altar of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan last Saturday. In the reliquary were bone fragments of each of the twelve Apostles, of St. Patrick, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Rose of Lima (the first American saint) and three Jesuit saints martyred by the Iroquois in 1649. They came straight from Rome, where a special department of the Vatican authenticates relics of the saints and sends them with proper attestation wherever...