The pilgrimage reliquary contains the relics of St. Columba, St. Andrew, and St. Margaret of Scotland, the country’s patron saints.
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The Holy Father met the Grenadiers of Sardinia Brigade, part of the Italian army, and their families as they concluded a one-year station in Italy’s capital city as part of Operation Safe Streets.
COMMENTARY: It is right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give God thanks.
With the cathedral reopening, the tomb of St. James the Apostle is now open for veneration from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, however the traditional embrace of the statue of St. James has been prohibited.
The Holy Father will make his longest apostolic visit to the island-nations Jan. 12-18.