A reliquary is a container that holds relics, objects from the past that have religious significance. Relics usually came in the form of bones of the saints, but might also include scraps of clothing or objects that supposedly belonged to a religious figure. Since the Middle Ages, relics had become very popular and were seen as a way to bring oneself closer to the saints, and so to God. Pilgrims who travelled to the shrines of holy people would buy relics in order to take their blessing and power home with them. Selling relics therefore became big business, and many were faked. Relics are still important to the Catholic Church today, which now forbids their sale.