In wax and bone

Contrary to what some comics claim, not all Romans were mad. Some are martyrs whose memory spans the centuries… and the ocean.

Take Saint-Clement. This centurion, martyred in the early days of Christianity in Rome, now occupies a special place in the Basilica of Sainte-Anne. The reliquary bearing his name contains a wax recumbent representing him. It contains his remains, recovered during excavations in Roman catacombs and brought here by Mgr. Joseph Desautels, the church’s parish priest at the time, in 1871.

The saintly man would no doubt have been astonished to discover that not all roads lead to Rome.