LONDON (Reuters) - Relics of a Roman Catholic Saint are to take in a stay at Wormwood Scrubs prison as part of a tour of Britain that started this week.
A casket containing bones of St Therese of Lisieux, the Patron Saint of Florists, began the one-month tour on Wednesday in Portsmouth and will go to cities including Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool.
The Catholic Church said crowds that have seen the relics in other countries have experienced conversion, healing, a renewed sense of vocation and the answer to their prayers.
On October 12, St Therese’s relics will be taken to Wormwood Scrubs prison in London, where around a quarter of the prisoners are Catholic.
Helen Baly, chaplain at the jail, said the casket would be placed in the prison chapel. “After afternoon mass, prisoners will be allowed to kiss and touch the casket as they file out of the chapel back to their cells,” she added.
“The response from prisoners has been very positive and they are very keen to take part,” Baly said.
Reporting by Farah Master; Editing by Steve Addison