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To: katana
I was in that church in Patras a few years ago and saw the fragments of what is claimed to be the cross on which St. Andrew was crucified. The church also has some of St. Andrew's bones, or so they say--I don't know how that could be authenticated. I think St. Andrews in Scotland claims to have the real relics of St. Andrew.
4 posted on 07/04/2013 9:01:40 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

The fabrication and sale of saintly relics was quite a profitable medieval industry. Kings and princes vied with each other to possess the most biblically prominent relics (fragments of the true cross, bones of the apostles, etc.). But St. Andrew was reputed to have been crucified in the Greek town of Patras having preached along the Black Sea coast and up into Scythia (modern Russia) and as far north as Kiev in the Ukraine. So it is quite possible these relics, returned to Orthodox hands by the Roman Catholic Church in the 1960’s, may well be legitimate. Ultimately, who can really know?


5 posted on 07/04/2013 10:11:43 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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