Cardinal says relics are “important because they are a touchstone” in new video ahead of St Bernadette Relics UK Tour

In a video released today ahead of the visit of the relics of St Bernadette to the UK, the Archbishop of Westminster has spoken about the importance of relics in Catholic life.

HE Cardinal Vincent Nichols says that relics are “important because they are a touchstone, something that helps us to remember, and puts us back in touch.”

In September and October the relics of St Bernadette will journey on pilgrimage from Lourdes to England, Scotland, and Wales for the very first time. This very special once in a lifetime event will provide an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the special gifts and charisms of Lourdes in a church or cathedral near to their home.

“What we know of the life of Bernadette is actually quite moving, but it’s also very relevant to today, when life materially is not easy,” His Eminence said.

Also speaking on the video, the Archbishop of Liverpool, His Grace Most Rev Malcom McMahon OP says that despite initial reaction to St Bernadette’s visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary “she was very determined these weren’t fantasies – these were real.”

“Come along and pray and you will get a sense of what Lourdes is like,” said Archbishop McMahon.

The Bishop of Shrewsbury, the Right Rev Mark Davies also comments that “we see in Bernadette someone who in the sight of heaven holds such importance and is called to such greatness.

“And that speaks to all of us, that we can respond with that same faith, to that same call.”

To find out more about the Tour and how you can visit the relics of St Bernadette, visit your diocesan website, or go to: