Rome Reminds the Catholic Faithful That the Sale, Trafficking of Relics Is Forbidden

Source: FSSPX News

Relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus are Venerated

An instruction from the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints published on December 16, 2017, recalls that selling relics remains strictly forbidden.


The new Roman instruction consecrates 30 articles to the authenticity and preservation of the relics of saints and blesseds. Rome particularly recalls that relics cannot be “exposed for veneration by the faithful without a certificate from ecclesiastic authority guaranteeing their authenticity.” 

The document reiterates the traditional distinction between distinguished or major relics like “the body of blessed people and saints, or notable parts of those bodies, or their ashes” and minor relics, such as “objects that have been in direct contact with their person.” 

Lastly, the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints firmly recalls that “the trade and sale of relics is absolutely prohibited”, particularly on eBay and in antique shops. 

After the veneration of relics was “reduced to a minimum just after Vatican Council II”, explains Claire Lesegretain in La Croix, the past twenty years have seen a renewal. The relics of St. Therese of Lisieux that continue to travel all around the world drawing large crowds are a clear example.