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March 3 - March 16, 2013

Mary Magdalene relics visit archdiocese

Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Asinati Andrew venerates the relic of St. Mary Magdalene. Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

A woman touches her rosary to the glass of the relic of St. Mary Magdalene. Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Deacon James Devine, Basilica of Mary Magdalene in the South of France, blesses devotional items near the relic of St. Mary Magdalene. Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Hundreds of candles encompass the the relic of St. Mary Magdalene. Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Worshippers stand in line to venerate the relic of St. Mary Magdalene. Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Worshippers venerated the relic of St. Mary Magdalene on Feb. 20 at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in River Forest, the first stop on a month-long tour in Illinois. Starting that night, a reliquary carrying a portion of her tibia (leg bone) travelled for two weeks to churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago before moving on to other dioceses. "The purpose of the tour is to share the holiness of the relic and tell the story of the saint who is recorded as the first witness to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ," said Paula Lawlor, coordinator of the Illinois tour. "St. Mary Magdalene was told to go and tell the others." For information, visit magdalenepublishing.org.