Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, received first class relics of St. Pope John Paul II and St. Pope John XXIII at the Pontifical Mass Aug. 19 at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica in Beaumont.
“All of this is part of our faith,” Bishop Guillory said about the relics. “They assist us to one day see the Lord face to face.”
St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica will be the only place in the United States to permanently enshrine relics from these two saints who were canonized by Pope Francis in 2014 and it will be the only place available for public veneration.
Joe Tortorice and Shelley Tortorice, parishioners at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, presented the relics to Bishop Guillory during the Mass.
“They were special. They’ve been instrumental in our lives,” said Joe Tortorice about the influence St. Pope John Paul II and St. Pope John XXIII had on his and his wife Shelley Tortorice’s lives.
Although most people are familiar with St. Pope John Paul II, who served as pope from 1978 to 2005, many may not know that St. Pope John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council. It is more popularly known as Vatican II and brought about many changes in the Church. St. Pope John XXIII was pope from 1958 to 1963.