Vatican to put St. Peter relics on display

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says that relics believed to be those of St. Peter, the first pope, will be put on public display in a ceremony later this month.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella said Wednesday that the ceremony on Nov. 24 will mark the end of the church’s “Year of the Faith” activities and will be the first time the relics have been shown to the public.

Fisichella, a Vatican official, said Pope Francis will celebrate Mass that day at the Vatican.

Fisichella said in the official Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano that “tradition recognizes” the relics are those of the martyred Peter.

The relics were found in a necropolis excavated in the mid-20th century under St. Peter’s Basilica.

Man to sell ornament collection for church

— A longtime Christmas ornament collector whose collection dates back to 1860 will sell the ornaments as a way to return a favor to his church.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Michael Nitzsche will begin selling the collection Thursday. All proceeds will go toward the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Nitzsche was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer, and the church congregation helped pay for his medical bills because he is uninsured.

As a way to pay the congregation back for its kindness, Nitzsche will sell 65,000 ornaments. Now 64, he began collecting ornaments when he was 3. The three-day sale has drawn interest from collectors as far away as Europe.

Associated Press