Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Not Your Arm Rest

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Not Your Arm Rest

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In January Angele Regnier flew across Canada with an unlikely travel companion: the severed right forearm of St. Francis Xavier.

Regnier, cofounder of Ottawa's Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO), brought the incorrupt relic on a 14-city tour as part of CCO's national university student movement. St. Francis Xavier, who came to faith in college, is their patron saint. The relic is normally housed in the Church of the Gesu in Rome, but Regnier received special permission to travel with it around Canada.

Flying with an incorrupt relic, however, was more difficult than Regnier expected. She didn't know what to do with the foamlined duffel bag holding the relic. "We can't put it underneath. We can't even put it in the overhead bins. Like, he has to have his own seat," she told CBC. "You're trying to explain this to Air Canada. We need to book a seat. He is a person in a way, but it's not a person, it's an arm."

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