Joy ‘palpable’ for those welcoming first-class relic of St. Augustine

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July 10, 2015

A first-class relic of St. Augustine of Hippo, patron saint of St. Augustine, Fla., is displayed during a July 7 vespers at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. It is on loan from the Vatican Treasury for the city and cathedral parish's 450th anniversary celebration. (CNS photo/Brandon Duncan, St. Augustine Catholic magazine) See AUGUSTINE-RELIC July 10, 2015.

A first-class relic of St. Augustine of Hippo, patron saint of St. Augustine, Fla., is displayed during a July 7 vespers at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. It is on loan from the Vatican Treasury for the city and cathedral parish’s 450th anniversary celebration. (CNS photo/Brandon Duncan, St. Augustine Catholic magazine)

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (CNS) — More than 500 people at a July 7 vespers service at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine greeted a first-class relic of the saint that is the patron of the city, the cathedral basilica and the Diocese of St. Augustine.

The relic of St. Augustine of Hippo is on loan from the Vatican Treasury for the 450th anniversary celebration of the city and cathedral parish.

As Deacon Charles Kanaszka carried the relic in procession, many who attended the ceremony captured the moment with camera phones in hand.

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