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and this article is interesting:
Residents view religious relics in Hagåtña
By Lacee A.C. Martinez
Pacific Daily News
Jeremy Santos, 25, of Mangilao was one of hundreds who lined up to get a glance at religious relics showcased yesterday at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagåtña.
The Relics of the Passion are believed to have touched the body of Jesus Christ when he was crucified.
Santos said he wasn’t expecting any life-changing moments or callings from God when it was his turn to venerate in the front and center of the church.
“But it really made me think and feel about why I go to church and have a religion,” Santos said. “It was just a chance for me to think about it and see what could be something related to something else that changed millions of people’s lives.”
Thomas Serafin has been on tour with his collection of artifacts for the past 17 years. The Californian, who has more than 1,200 relics from around the world, answered questions from a curious crowd that gathered at the Cathedral-Basilica yesterday to learn more about the artifacts. The relics were brought here and sanctioned by the church.
Among his topics, Serafin spoke of one relic — a piece considered to be a part of the Crown of Thorns that Jesus wore during brutal beatings before his death — and what it symbolizes.
Jesus, he said, would have worn the crown three times, causing hundreds of gashes and holes around his head.
“These are things that you remember when you think about Christ,” Serafin said.
“None of this is required to have faith,” he said. “These are mementos and keepsakes that kind of connect us to heaven and earth.”
The experience was something unexpected for 16-year-old James Pascua. The Yigo confirmation student said he came down to the Cathedral-Basilica not even knowing what he was going to see.
“It’s something to help you learn more about your faith, gives hope that these things actually happened,” Pascua said.
And although, she had yet to go up and see the relics herself, Dededo resident Dot Reyes said it was still a special experience she wanted to share with her family.
“I’m curious to see how I’ll feel when I go up there to see it,” the 33-year-old said.
Serafin told the audience that people often question the authenticity of the relics rather than believing in them.
“I can still put this away and still love Jesus,” he told the dozens in the pews at the Cathedral-Basilica. “All this is doing is giving us an opportunity to visualize it.”