"pray to their patron saint: Vladimir Putin, Russia's prime minister and soon-to-be president (again). They believe he's a reincarnation of St. Paul. The followers of this Russian Orthodox sect"
I wonder when Bene the NAZI will beatify him and get the Roman Catholic troops to start praying to Putin?
After all he must be just as effective as the finger of some ancient dead body relic?
"Catholic theologians argued for the importance of relics as signs of religious faith, reaffirming their role as illustrations of the continual presence of saints within the Church. Cults of relics regained a prominent role in counter-reformation religiosity. While earlier relics were associated with Christ, the Virgin, and the apostles, the Catholic reformers confirmed worship of existing relics and encouraged veneration of parts of the saintly body: arms, hearts, tongues, throats, hands, and blood of saints were prominently exhibited on altars. Pope Sixtus V responded to accusations about the worship of false relics when he gave juridical form to the authentication of sainthood and of relics in 1588. This preserved the doctrinal basis of relics in Catholicism..." (D.A.Brownstein)
Yup, The Roman Catholics find God insignificant enough that they worship bits of dead sinners instead.