Relics of the co-cathedral

April 2, 2008 4:43:28 AM PDT
We're learning more about the religious relics inside Houston's brand-new Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.Sent straight from the Vatican, one of the relics, which dates back to the time of Jesus, is believed to the last of its kind.

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Tuesday night, an invitation-only crowd of more than 1,500 people flocked to the new Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart for a vespers mass. This service was closed to television cameras.

Adding to the excitement, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston revealed the entire list of relics that will be forever placed in a space under the altar. Among them, the last sizable piece of what's called the true cross, all the way from Rome. It's a piece of the actual cross on which Catholics believe Jesus was crucified.

Cardinal John Foley is a Vatican expert. He lives in Rome and is here specifically for the cathedral's dedication. He explains that relics are carefully distributed. Remains of nine saints, including American Elizabeth Ann Seton and Leo the Great, will help to the fill the space. Every mass then celebrated will honor these people who dedicated their lives to the church.

Cardinal Foley says the Pope sees the archdiocese as vibrant and growing. An important part of the church's future, evident by the relics that have been chosen for Houston. That's evident by the fact that the curator of the true cross would part with a piece.

The dedication for the co-cathedral is Wednesday. ABC-13 and abc13.com will have exclusive live coverage in English and in Spanish beginning at 11am.

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