?A human forearm touted as ''the most significant Jesuit relic to ever visit Australia'' has arrived in Melbourne as part of a national tour, reports The Age.
?Safely secured in its own custom-built glass case, what's claimed to be the 506-year-old right forearm of St Francis Xavier will be taken to Catholic churches across the state for the next six days.
The mummified relic, which still has flesh and all fingers intact, was given its own seat on the plane for the long flight from Rome to Australia last month.
It was accompanied by New South Wales Bishop Peter Comensoli, who gained permission from Rome's Church of the Gesu, to take the relic on a 23-city tour of Australia to mark the Catholic Church's Year of Grace.
?The relic made its first appearance at the St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Frankston on Sunday before it was taken in a hearse to Monash University for a Mass in front of 700 members the Indian Goan Catholic community.
It was then taken to Brunswick's All Saints Church for an overnight vigil. Yesterday it was on display at All Saints at 9am, before being taken to Box Hill and Montmorency.
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