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Relics

According to Roman Catholics, the material remains of a saint and any other objects which have had contact with him. These are to be venerated on the grounds that the bodies of the saints, now with Christ, were once living members of the church and temples of the [[Holy Ghost]], destined to be raised to eternal life and glorification. Since the Godhead makes them the occasion for miracles, they are to be venerated by the faithful for in this way God bestows many gifts on men. Biblical justification for this cult is sought in Acts 19:12, where healing power is shown to be in handkerchiefs which had been in touch with Paul's body. OT references are also cited (e.g., 2 Kings 2:14; 13:21, where miracles are said to have occurred through Elijah's mantle and Elisha's bones).