First Class Relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis We have been very privileged to receive a relic of Blessed Carlo’s hair for veneration in the parish. This was only made possible by Mgr Anthony Figueiredo who was kindly able to bring it from the Bishop of Assisi whilst visiting his mother in England. Fr Mark was then able to shoot down to Watford on Friday to pick it up for the parish. Considering all the travel restrictions and the fact that Italy has now gone into lockdown, we have been very blessed that this precious relic was able to get to us safely. Close veneration of relics is not allowed under the present Covid restrictions, but the relic will be on display on the altar for the live-stream Mass this Sunday and as soon as the restrictions are relaxed, we will be preparing a special event for public veneration. This will enable us to spread the devotion to Blessed Carlo across the country.
I have housed the relic of Blessed Carlo in the Olive Wood Monstrance of the Tau of St Francis. In Assisi you will see the Tau everywhere as it was the beloved version of the Cross used by St Francis. As Blessed Carlo had such a devotion to St Francis, and his own tomb now lies in the old Cathedral of Assisi, it is fitting that our relic of Blessed Carlo be housed in the centre of the Tau Cross.
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