Program 710: Saints of Italy; Pilgrim Trails; Holy Bones

Release Date: 04-08-2023


Get to know some of the most notable of Italy's many patron saints, and why they remain important to so many. Then hear what journalist Tim Egan spent his time contemplating on his walk along the medieval Via Francigena — the pilgrimage path from Canterbury to Rome. And learn about the role of relics in many religious traditions, and why, for centuries, millions of faithful have journeyed for a first-hand encounter with them.


  • Anna Piperato, tour guide based in Siena, Italy
  • New York Times columnist Tim Egan, author of "A Pilgrimage to Eternity" (Viking)
  • Peter Manseau, author of "Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World's Holy Dead" (Henry Holt & Co.)

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Program Extras

More with Anna Piperato - Rick and Anna Piperato look at the rebellious nature of many women saints, and further explore the 14th-century life of Catherine of Siena, who is considered the first female doctor of the Catholic Church. (runs 4:41)

More with Peter Manseau - Rick explores the importance of relics as a source of power and commerce in Medieval Europe, with "Rag and Bone" author Peter Manseau. (runs 2:53)