St. Anthony Relic's were brought to our church all the way from Padua. The priest described touching a relic to be like shaking hands with the Saint. As Catholic's we venerate the Saints and Worship God alone. These are pictures of us having conversations with this Holy Many of God, even though he is in Heaven. I found a good blog posts on this subject at Ignitum Today called, "Why Do Catholic's Venerate Relics?" Click that link and if you question our Catholic tradition.