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  • Amateur archaeologist finds Denmark’s oldest crucifix

    05/17/2016 8:42:20 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies ^ | 5-17-16 | Christian W
    When amateur archaeologist Dennis Fabricius Holm got off work early last Friday and decided to spend a couple of hours searching a little field in Funen with his metal detector, little did he know he was about to make history. Holm stumbled across one of the most extraordinary finds in recent times near the little town of Aunslev when he discovered a crucifix that dates back about 1,100 years – Denmark’s oldest crucifix ever found. It could rewrite Danish history. “It’s a completely sensational find that dates back to the first half of the 900s,” Malene Refshauge Beck, a curator...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: RELIQUARY, 01-26-15

    01/26/2015 11:41:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-26-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:RELIQUARY Any repository in which a relic is sealed and kept. Reliquaries vary in size, according to the relic, from very small ones that can be easily carried to larger caskets for whole parts of a saint's body. Relics are never exposed for public veneration unless enclosed in a reliquary. Some reliquaries are famous for their exquisite design and value. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Saints that are Incorruptible [Ecumenical]

    03/24/2014 8:18:07 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies
    Mystics of the Church ^ | n/a | Jim Dunning
    When a body is described as being incorrupt it means that it does not decay after death. The same cannot be said of a body that is well preserved or mummified, or has undergone an embalming process. Most such corpses become stiff, but incorruptible saints remain completely flexible, as if they are only sleeping.... There is a whole list of saints, however, whose bodies have been found to be incorrupt. Not all of them were Roman Catholics. The Russian Orthodox Church is well represented by such as St. Alexander of Svir, who was a monk, and by the martyrs of...
  • Vatican’s secret, and deadly, project to preserve its saints

    03/23/2014 7:49:27 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 182 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03/22/2014 | Theresa Potenza
    The Catholic belief of “incorruptibility” holds that if a body does not decay after death, the person is holy. It takes two miracles to become a saint; the Church once allowed a perfect corpse to count as one. Incorruptibility is no longer a miracle, however, perhaps because so many tried to help God along. Oil and herbs were inserted into the muscle cavities of some older popes, for instance. When Pope Pius XII died in 1958, the Vatican used a wrapping technique similar to what was believed to have been applied to Jesus. It failed miserably. Only days after his...
  • Vatican plans first-ever display of relics of St. Peter

    11/08/2013 11:35:47 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 8, 2013 | Diogenes
    The Vatican is planning an unprecedented public display of the relics of St. Peter, as the Year of Faith comes to a close. The display was announced by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, in an article appearing in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. The archbishop did not supply any details of the plans. The tomb of St. Peter, located under the altar of the Vatican basilica, was unearthed during excavations in the mid-20the century. In 1968, after extensive research and testing, Pope Paul VI announced that relics of St. Peter had been...
  • Archaeologists in Turkey claim they found piece of Jesus’ cross

    08/02/2013 8:47:28 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 39 replies
    WashingtonTimes ^ | August 2, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Archaeologists digging around an ancient church in Turkey say they’ve made a startling discovery and unearthed a piece of the cross that used to crucify Jesus. The diggers found a stone chest this week and inside were several relics believed to be tied to the crucifixion. Among them was a piece of the actual cross upon which Jesus was nailed, one historian with Turkey’s Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts said in the Hurriyet Daily News.
  • Relics unearthed in Turkey may contain piece of Jesus' cross

    08/01/2013 9:26:53 AM PDT · by Sopater · 91 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 01, 2013
    Archeologists conducting excavations at the site of a church in Turkey have unearthed a stone chest containing a relic that may be part of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. The items were discovered during a large-scale excavation at the Balatlar Church, which was built in A.D. 660 near the Black Sea, Today's Zaman reported. Professor Gülgün Köroğlu, an associate professor at Turkey's Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and excavation leader, told the newspaper the artifacts are linked to Jesus' crucifixion.
  • Former atheist promises encounter with God through saints' relics

    03/30/2012 6:13:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    cna ^ | March 29, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    Photo courtesy of Fr. Carlos Martins. Denver, Colo., Mar 29, 2012 / 04:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Carlos Martins never expected to be a priest, or to be touring North America to promote devotion to the saints through their sacred relics. For much of his life, he did not believe in God.“I was raised in a very nominally Catholic family. We didn't go to church,” the 37-year-old priest told CNA on March 27. “The Catholic school that we went to was 'Catholic' in name only.” “By the time I became an adult, aside from being a 'practical atheist,' I...
  • 7 Most Incredible Tank Graveyards on Earth

    02/26/2012 4:27:11 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies · 3+ views
    7 Most Incredible Tank Graveyards on Earth In certain corners of the globe you'll find the strangest of military cemeteries – places filled not with the bodies of fallen troops but littered with the carcasses of abandoned tanks. These once-formidable weapons of war no longer strike fear into the hearts of opposing forces; their days of rolling inexorably onwards on the teeth of steel tracks are over. Now, the armor of these behemoths is rusting and corroded, their hatches all but sealed from lack of use, and their controls never again to be manned by commanders in battle. WWII tank...
  • Resurrecting the mystery of the Shroud of Turin

    04/24/2011 4:42:57 AM PDT · by Scanian · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 23, 2011 | ROBERT K. WILCOX
    ike it has so many times in its long, tortured history, the Shroud of Turin is again, this Easter 2011, resurrected. I don’t use resurrected lightly. If authentic, the ancient linen cloth with mysterious images of a crucified and tortured corpse on its fibers is tangible proof to many Christians of Jesus’ rise from the dead. And while authenticity is certainly still in debate, the burden of proof now — at least on the Shroud’s inexplicableness — has shifted to the doubters. The 14-foot-long shroud can be traced to at least 1354, when it appeared in a church in Lirey,...
  • Taking the Measure of Relics of the True Cross (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    04/21/2011 8:31:39 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies
    Whenever the subject of bogus relics comes up, you can count on someone saying, "There are enough pieces of the True Cross to rebuild Noah’s Ark!" Whoever delivers that punch line probably does not know that he or she is echoing the 16th-century Dutch humanist Erasmus.... Clearly, this is a punch line with a pedigree, but is it accurate? the last half of the 19th century, a French independent scholar named Charles Rohault de Fleury assigned himself the task of tracking down and measuring every surviving relic of the True Cross. ...Once he had estimated the weight of the cross,...
  • National Geographic documentary examines relics of third-century saints (Catholic Caucus)

    04/19/2011 2:39:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | April 19, 2011 | Kevin J. Jones
    The remains thought to belong to the martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria. Courtesy of National Geographic Rome, Italy, Apr 19, 2011 / 03:10 pm (CNA).- Two skeletons attributed to two married martyrs from the third century could be authentic, say researchers taking part in a new National Geographic Society documentary.“All of the evidence we have gathered points toward the relics having belonged to Chrysanthus and Daria,” said investigation leader Ezio Fulcheri of the University of Genoa. “This has been a very rare opportunity to be able to study bones and other relics that relate directly back to a legend that...
  • Are these the nails used to crucify Jesus?

    04/12/2011 2:48:23 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 53 replies ^ | 4-12-11 | Nir Hasson
    Journalist Simcha Jacobovici believes that the nails discovered in a Jerusalem cave are revolutionary in their implications regarding the birth of Christianity. The Peace Forest is a small grove of pines sandwiched between the Abu Tor neighborhood and main promenade in Jerusalem. Anyone walking along the road that snakes through the grove can see a green pipe rising from the ground and reaching a height of several meters. This pipe, if journalist Simcha Jacobovici is to be believed, this is the physical tip of an archaeological detective story in the style of the Da Vinci Code. And this pipe is...
  • Lenten Station Churches: 4th Sunday of Lent - SANTA CROCE IN GERUSALEMME

    04/03/2011 1:39:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Various ^ | April 3, 2011
    Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, a hidden gem in Rome full of holy relics. Nave looking east to the altar. Mosaics on the vault. Chapel of St. Helen on the lower level. Latin inscription. Written prayers on a stone in the Chapel of St. Helen. Chapel of the Holy Relics. Titulus Crucis brick set into a wall of the Chapel of Holy Relics. Important relics displayed in Santa Croce, including the Titulus Crucis. Reliquaries and relics on the top shelf. Full-size replica of the Shroud of Turin. Location map and aerial view of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. For a larger...
  • Pope John Paul II's blood to be relic in Polish church

    02/01/2011 12:52:59 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 1,179 replies
    AP ^ | 02/01/2011 | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA
    A vial containing blood drawn from Pope John Paul II shortly before he died will be installed as a relic in a Polish church soon after his beatification later this year, an official said Monday. Piotr Sionko, the spokesman for the John Paul II Center, said the vial will be encased in crystal and built into the altar of a church in the southern city of Krakow that is opening in May. The exact date of the opening is not yet known, but it should be shortly after John Paul's beatification at the Vatican on May 1........... "It was the...
  • Bones of the saints still inspiring the faithful (Catholic Caucus)

    12/06/2010 10:52:32 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Catholic Anchor ^ | December 4, 2010 | PATRICIA COLL FREEMAN
    On Nov. 15, at Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage, Dominican Father Vincent Kelber holds a reliquary containing bone fragments or first-class relics of nine recognized saints. — Anchor photo By PATRICIA COLL FREEMANCatholicAnchor.orgOn a little make-shift altar on a sewing table in Kathy Adler’s house in Palmer, Alaska, there are minute, ornately glass-encased fragments of bone from two saints who are known the world over. Such relics of saints who once walked the earth are physical reminders that holiness is achievable – even for ordinary people who are flesh and bone, too.REVERING RELICSA relic is an object such as a...
  • Catholic relics given to Orthodox begin river cruise to Moscow

    09/14/2010 2:15:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | September 14, 2010
    The "Fr. Werenfried" boat carrying the relics of numerous saints. Credit: ACN Volgograd, Russia, Sep 14, 2010 / 12:59 am (CNA).- A “chapel boat” containing relics of eight saints has begun a cruise along the Volga River. The relics are a gift from the Catholic Church to the Russian Orthodox Church and could have a deeply symbolic impact, one expert says.The relics are from Sts. John the Baptist, Anne, Bartholomew the Apostle, martyrs Stephen and Lawrence, George, John Chrysostom and Cyril. All the saints lived before the Great Schism split the eastern and western Churches.Aid to the Church in...
  • Relic of cross, stolen from Boston church, recovered in Vermont

    08/16/2010 12:55:01 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 1 replies
    boston. ^ | August 16, 2010 | Lisa Wangsness
    A splinter of wood that Catholics consider to be a relic of the cross on which Jesus was crucified and that had been stolen from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross earlier this summer, has turned up in rural Vermont, the Archdiocese of Boston and the Vermont State Police confirmed today. The relic, one of the Archdiocese of Boston's oldest and most treasured possessions, was stolen sometime between 10 a.m. on June 30 and 8 a.m. on July 1 from the base of a crucifix that hung in the cathedral's Blessed Sacrament Chapel. It is still not clear who stole...
  • Thieves Try to Rob Padre Pio's Tomb

    08/09/2010 11:27:25 PM PDT · by 0beron · 1 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/10/2010 | Tancred
    Intruders attempted to steal relics of the Italian National Hero Padre Pio (1887-1968) in the dead of night. Rome ( Intruders attempted to steal relics of the Italian National Hero Padre Pio (1887-1968) in the dead of night. The thieves broke into the chapel crypt of the south Italian city of Saint Giovanni Rotundo, according to the Roman daily 'La Republica' (Monday-Edition) which was reported to the local police. There the perpetrators broke through the bulletproof glass, behind which the reliquary of the Capuccin Monk is located.
  • Nail from the time of Christ's crucifixion found in a dig

    03/02/2010 9:53:59 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 1,337+ views ^ | March 2, 2010 | Euan Stretch
    A nail from the time of Christ's crucifixion which was hidden by the same knights who featured in The Da Vinci Code has been found in a dig. The four-inch Roman relic, stored in an ornate box, was uncovered by archaeologists working at a fort thought to have been a former Knights Templar stronghold. It was buried with three skeletons and three swords, including one with the religious order's cross on its blade, on the tiny island of Ilheu de Pontinha, off Madeira. The iron nail is of the type used in thousands of crucifixions - but it is special....
  • Reflections on Rome Part 1: Connecting the Mind and Tongue

    02/24/2010 10:47:36 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies · 382+ views
    Reformation 21 ^ | January 2010 | Carl Trueman
    "I understand the attraction of Rome: the sheer mass of the organization (if you'll pardon the pun); the overwhelming aesthetics; the desirability of belonging to such an august and ancient institution which knows what it is, where it comes from, and where it is going; and the cornucopia of brilliant intellects that have debated, refined, and articulated its confession over the centuries...all that I find superior to what evangelical Protestantism has to offer, particularly in its crassest megachurch and emergent varieties..." "...But, having said all this, I find it hard to connect the mind - the Catholic mind - to...
  • Did You Know About the Relics of the Three Wise Men?

    01/04/2010 10:43:57 AM PST · by GonzoII · 90 replies · 1,881+ views ^ | Sunday, January 03, 2010 | Taylor Marshall
    When I was in college, I journeyed to Cologne, Germany and visited the city's glorious cathedral. I was a Protestant at the time, but I remember being amazed that people had been building this cathedral for so many centuries. It is one of the greatest Gothic churches of all time.
  • Touched by the Saints (Ministry Brings Relics Back From the Brink)

    11/27/2009 3:51:56 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 510+ views
    NC Register ^ | November 27, 2009 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    HOUSTON — There was a time when churches organized regular devotions to the saints, a practice fostered by priceless relics of holy men and women that were often on display. Today, a Houston priest, Father Carlos Martins, seeks to re-establish the veneration of relics as a pathway to spiritual renewal for modern Catholics, many of whom are ignorant of both the lives of the saints and the tumultuous Church history that made them towering religious figures in their day.The assistant director of Houston’s Catholic Charismatic Center — one of the city’s largest churches and a primary sponsor of spiritual renewal...
  • Radio Replies First Volume - The Worship of Relics

    11/23/2009 8:58:08 PM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 258+ views ^ | 1938 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Worship of Relics 1438. Why do Catholics worship relics of Saints? They do not worship relics as they worship God, by adoration. If you mean worship in the sense of honor or veneration, then Catholics certainly venerate the relics of Saints. The law, "Honor thy father and thy mother" extends to their persons, body and soul; to their reputations, and to all connected with them. We reverence their remains even after death. And if we are not to venerate the remains and relics of the Saints who have been so entirely consecrated to God, are we to desecrate them?...
  • Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Gregory the Theologian Travel Back To The East.

    07/26/2009 3:00:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 139+ views ^ | Tuesday, July 14, 2009 | Posted by Matthew Bellisario
    I ran across this real cool video series on YouTube showing the return of the relics of the two great Saints, John Chrysostom and Gregory the Theologian back to Constantinople. There is also some good historical info in them as well, although it is admittedly in favor of the Orthodox position. I put all four parts in order so you don't have to go searching for each part. Each video is like 7 minutes so it is not too long. For some reason the videos are cut off on it. But you can hit the full screen button to view...
  • China punishes Christie's for auction of relics (Taken from China during Opium War)

    02/27/2009 12:02:51 PM PST · by mojito · 27 replies · 556+ views
    Excite ^ | 2/26/2009 | Gillian Wong
    Beijing swiftly moved to punish auction house Christie's with tightened customs rules Thursday after its protests failed to stop the sale of two imperial bronze sculptures taken from China nearly 150 years ago. The move signals China's resolve in its campaign to rescue pieces of its cultural heritage now scattered around the world - but the impact of the new rules on the auction house, if any, was not clear. The disputed 18th century fountainheads - heads of a rat and a rabbit - were sold to an unidentified telephone bidder or bidders Wednesday for 28 million euros ($36 million)...
  • Seal of King Zedekiah's minister found in J'lem dig

    08/01/2008 1:50:13 PM PDT · by Alouette · 187 replies · 670+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug. 1, 2008 | Etgar Lefkowitz
    A seal impression belonging to a minister of the Biblical King Zedekiah which dates back 2,600 years has been uncovered completely intact during an archeological dig in Jerusalem's ancient City of David, a prominent Israeli archeologist said on Thursday. The seal impression, or bulla, with the name Gedalyahu ben Pashur, who served as minister to King Zedekiah (597-586 BCE) according to the Book of Jeremiah, was found just meters away from a separate seal impression of another of Zedekia's ministers, Yehukual ben Shelemyahu, which was uncovered three years ago, said Prof. Eilat Mazar who is leading the dig at the...
  • TV viewers' average age hits 50(dinosaur media)

    06/30/2008 10:49:08 PM PDT · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 16 replies · 185+ views
    Variety ^ | 6/30/08 | MICHAEL SCHNEIDER
    The broadcast networks have grown older than ever -- if they were a person, they wouldn't even be a part of TV's target demo anymore. According to a study released by Magna Global's Steve Sternberg, the five broadcast nets' average live median age (in other words, not including delayed DVR viewing) was 50 last season. That's the oldest ever since Sternberg started analyzing median age more than a decade ago -- and the first time the nets' median age was outside of the vaunted 18-49 demo. Fueling the graying of the networks: the rapid aging of ABC, NBC and Fox....
  • Superstitious Catholics? [Ecumenical]

    06/28/2008 4:20:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 76+ views
    Black Cordelias ^ | June 28, 2008
      Superstitious Catholics? Q. Why do Catholics use “good luck charms” like medals and relics of the saints in order to perfom miracles? Why is that not superstitious? A. It does sound superstitious at first. And perhaps there have been Catholics who used these things in a purely superstitious way. But we would not know for sure unless we questioned them.Of course, the Catholic Church teaches that only God can perform a miracle. However, everyone will agree that He can perform these miracles any way He wants to. So He can act directly or indirectly. We know that He usually likes...
  • Relics Of Three Civilizations Found

    06/09/2008 5:45:01 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 70+ views
    The News ^ | 6-9-2008 | Saadia Khalid
    Relics of three civilisations found By Saadia Khalid 6/9/2008 Islamabad The remains of more than 2,400-year-old Buddhist era are nurturing silently under the lap of Margalla Hills as the murals of Buddha appeared on the walls of caves at Shah Allah Ditta. At the distance of 15 kilometres from the main Golra intersection, the site needs immediate attention of the Department of Archaeology and Museums as it possesses not only the relics of Buddhist era but also 8th century AD Hindu period and the 300-year-old Aurangzeb period. According to archaeologists, the cages belong to Buddhists where monks used to perform...
  • Gary Hart Hits Nazi-Like Neocons and 'Pre-Programmed Ditto Heads'

    05/19/2008 10:53:30 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 561+ views ^ | May 16, 2008 | Tim Graham
    In light of the networks echoing Obama-campaign hypersensitivity on how Bush was allegedly comparing Obama to Nazi appeasers before the Knesset, as liberals suggest this is the lowest campaign tactic in years, talk-show hosts will probably notice that on The Huffington Post, it's apparently fine for that old Democratic campaign star Gary Hart to simply compare conservatives to Nazis, not to mention the authoritarian tendencies of those robotic "pre-programmed neo-conservative dittoheads": Historians of early 21st century American politics will remark the degree to which radical forces, usually called neoconservatives, perverted language as recommended by the National Socialist Party in 1930s...
  • Relics of Military Saints Bring Chance for Prayer to US Troops (Catholic Caucus)

    04/16/2008 12:59:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 63+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | April 16, 2008
    LOS ANGELES, April 16 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the midst of war, U.S. service personnel around the world are being given a once in a lifetime opportunity for prayer and reflection as relics of the Catholic saints "considered the patrons of the armed forces" visit bases around the world. Relics of Saints Anthony of Padua (patron of sailors), Therese of Lisieux, patron of pilots and air crews, and Ignatius of Loyola, patron of soldiers, will begin a tour military bases with the opening Celebration at the Archdiocese for Military Services Chapel at 1025 Michigan Avenue NE Washington, DC 20017 across the...
  • Indecipherable Ancient Books Found In Chongqing

    02/26/2008 2:33:44 PM PST · by blam · 34 replies · 192+ views
    Epoch Times ^ | 2-24-2008
    Indecipherable Ancient Books Found in Chongqing The Epoch Times Feb 24, 2008 Mysterious ancient books found in Chongqing. For the past two years no one has been able to read them. (Epoch Times screen shot taken from 21 The Tujia have been known as an ethnic minority with its own spoken language but without a written language. Yet a succession of ancient books in the same written language have been found in the Youyang Tujia habitation straddling the borders of Hunan, Hubei, Guizhou Province, and Chongqing City. For the past two years none have been able to read the...
  • Royal Goddesses Of A Bronze Age State

    02/07/2008 3:43:36 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 163+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | January - Febuarary | Marco Merola
    Royal Goddesses of a Bronze Age State Volume 61 Number 1, January/February 2008 by Marco Merola Its arms arranged in a gesture of prayer, the figurine at right probably depicts a living queen worshipping the statuette of a dead royal, left. (Courtesy Maura Sala) It's been more than 30 years since Italian archaeologists found a vast archive of 17,000 cuneiform tablets at the Bronze Age site of Ebla in northern Syria. But the ancient city is still surprising those who work there. Last year archaeologist Paolo Matthiae's team discovered two almost perfectly preserved figurines that confirm textual evidence for a...
  • NY: Museums, re-enactors worry over plan to regulate antique firearms

    02/02/2008 9:00:20 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 38 replies · 565+ views
    Newsday ^ | 2/1/08 | WILLIAM KATES
    A New York City lawmaker's plan to regulate antique firearms like other weapons could have severe economic repercussions for museums and historical societies around the state and prevent hundreds of living history events and re-enactments staged every year. If passed in its current form, the proposal by Democratic Assemblyman Michael Gianaris of Queens would make the state the first in the country to require owners of antique guns, black powder weapons and muzzleloading firearms to go through a background check and purchase a license, said Ralph Walker, a legislative specialist with the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.

    01/20/2008 10:36:06 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 35 replies · 78+ views ^ | 2008 | By Thibault Heimburger∗, MD
    In 1978, a team of scientific researchers (STURP: Shroud of Turin Research Project) was allowed for the first time to carry out a scientific comprehensive study of the Turin Shroud. Visual examination, macro and microphotographies, X-Ray radiographies; IR, visible and UV reflectance spectroscopy and photographs and UV-Vis fluorescence studies were conducted in situ. 32 surface samples (5 cm2 each) were obtained from specific locations using inert, non-reactive pure hydrocarbon sticky tapes for later examination. The results of the studies were published in different peer-reviewed scientific journals in the following years. In 1981, STURP officially concluded that: No pigments, paints, dyes...
  • Unknown Persons Destroy Ancient Bronze Coffin Discovered Recently

    01/17/2008 4:23:38 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 116+ views
    Saba News ^ | 1-17-2008
    Unknown persons destroy ancient bronze coffin discovered recently [17 January 2008] IBB, Jan. 17 (Saba) - Unknown persons devastated early morning on Thursday an ancient bronze coffin and stole another one completely were in an archaeological location in al-Asibia area in Dhefar valley of Ibb province. The director general of Antiques and Cultural Properties Protection in the General Authority for Antiquities and Museums Hesham al-Thawr held the director general of the security office in the al-Saddah district responsible for destroying the location and disinterring the bronze coffin. Al-Thawr said that the security official has ordered the military patrols, which have...
  • Relics revered as Jesus' crib degrading fast, say church officials

    12/31/2007 9:29:13 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 84+ views
    CNS ^ | December 28, 2007
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The relics venerated as the crib the baby Jesus used in a Bethlehem grotto are in an alarming state of degradation, some church officials said. The remains have become so fragile that officials at Rome's Basilica of St. Mary Major, where the crib is located, decided to suspend this year's annual Christmas Eve tradition when the relics are carried from the crypt beneath the main altar in a procession around the basilica and displayed in front of the altar all Christmas Day. Two of the five wooden slats are showing signs of "troublesome deterioration," Msgr. Emilio...
  • Lion Sculpture Gets Record price

    12/06/2007 8:28:59 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 572+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-6-2007
    Lion sculpture gets record price The Guennol Lioness was discovered at a site near Baghdad A tiny limestone figure of a lion from ancient Mesopotamia has sold at auction for $57m (Ł28m), almost double the previous record price for a sculpture. The 8.3cm (3.25in) tall Guennol Lioness is thought to have been carved 5,000 years ago in what is now Iraq and Iran. The lion, whose new owner has not been identified, had been on loan to the Brooklyn Museum of Art for 59 years. The previous record for a sculpture was set last month when Pablo Picasso's Tete de...
  • Benedict XVI Welcomes Relics of St. Thérčse - Urges Faithful to Love Scripture as She Did

    11/14/2007 1:53:21 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 148+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 14, 2007
    VATICAN CITY, NOV. 14, 2007 ( Benedict XVI expressed his joy at being able to pray before the relics of St. Thérčse of Lisieux, which are in Rome accompanied by pilgrims and the bishop from the saint's home diocese. At the end of today's general audience, the Pope greeted the faithful from the French Diocese of Bayeux and Lisieux, and Bishop Pierre Auguste Pican, who are in Rome on pilgrimage, with the relics of St. Thérčse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.The Holy Father recalled how "120 years ago, Thérčse of Lisieux came to Rome to ask permission...
  • Discovery might rewrite history of Spaniards in Georgia

    11/12/2007 1:40:48 PM PST · by BGHater · 10 replies · 711+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 12 Nov 2007 | Mark Davis
    What a high school girl found in 6 inches of South Georgia dirt last year may help rewrite the history of Europeans' earliest forays into the great, green New World that greeted them half a millennium ago.The discovery is a glass bead no larger than a pencil eraser. It and four other beads, plus two ancient slivers of iron, may prompt historians to reconsider the presence of Spaniards in Georgia five centuries ago. Archaeologist Dennis Blanton of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History considers the finds, which he could easily slip in his pocket, "world history in the making."Blanton, the...
  • Median Era Ring Discovered In Iran

    11/11/2007 2:24:09 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 1,946+ views
    PressTV.IR ^ | 11-10-2007
    Median era ring discovered in Iran Sat, 10 Nov 2007 09:56:15 A Faravahar, a symbol of Zoroastrianism A unique ring belonging to the Median era adorned with a carved Farvahar, a symbol of Zoroastrianism, has been found in western Iran. Archeological excavations in Iran's western province of Lorestan resulted in the discovery of a ring which dates back to the Bronze Age and is decorated with a symbol of Zoroastrianism. The figure in the Farvahar is wearing Mede attire and a hat. The long-bearded man is facing the left as he emerges from the Sun. Wide open wings are seen...
  • The Feast of Holy Relics (Dom Guéranger) (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    11/07/2007 9:29:31 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 3 replies · 219+ views
    The Liturgical Year, 1983 Marian House edition by the Benedictines of Stan | 19th century | Dom Prosper Dom Prosper Guéranger
    "Had we angels' eyes, we should see the earth as a vast field sown with seed for the resurrection. The death of Abel opened the first furrow, and, ever since, the sowing has gone on unceasingly the wide world over. This land of labour and of suffering, what treasures it already holds laid up in its bosom! And what a harvest for heaven, when the Sun of justice, suddenly darting forth His rays, shall cause to spring up as suddenly from the soil the elect ears ripe for glory! No wonder that the Church herself blesses and superintends the laying...
  • Treatise on Relic - Chap 2. Compromise of the Church with Paganism

    10/16/2007 4:19:04 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 63 replies · 58+ views
    God Rules ^ | 1562 | John Calvin
    CHAPTER 2- COMPROMISE OF THE CHURCH WITH PAGANSIM. I HAVE described, in the preceding chapter, the causes which made Christian worship gradually to deviate from its primitive purity, and to assume a character more adapted to the ideas of the heathen population, — numbers of whom were continually joining the church. It was, particularly since the time of Constantine, because its festivals, becoming every day more numerous, and its sanctuaries more solemn, spacious, and adorned with greater splendor, — its ceremonies more complicated, — its emblems more diversified, — offered to the Pagans an ample compensation for the artistic pomp...
  • John Paul II Relics Available (Vicariate of Rome Accepting Requests)

    09/14/2007 8:19:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 1,185+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 13, 2007
    VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 13, 2007 ( People who want to receive a relic "ex indumentis" -- from the clothing -- or a holy card of Pope John Paul II, may do so by writing to the Vicariate of Rome. The Vicariate of Rome is accepting requests via mail, fax or e-mail for the religious items. The petition should be sent to "Holy Cards and Relics Service," and should indicate a shipping address. The holy cards contain the prayer to obtain graces through the intercession of the Servant of God John Paul II and can be requested in English, German, Spanish,...
  • Transfer of holy relics will be first for region

    09/08/2007 7:45:49 PM PDT · by annalex · 32 replies · 529+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 7, 2007 | Jennifer Garza
    Holy relics of saints Joachim and Anna will be given to St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church in a ceremony Saturday in Sacramento, CA. Relics in the possession of the Roman Catholic Church for more than 1,100 years will be officially handed over to a Roseville Greek Orthodox Church this weekend.
  • Kingston Lacy Relics Offer Insight Into Ancient Egypt

    08/22/2007 2:57:29 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 268+ views
    24 Hour Museum ^ | 8-22-2007
    KINGSTON LACY RELICS OFFER INSIGHT INTO ANCIENT EGYPT By 24 Hour Museum Staff 22/08/2007 In total, 212 ostraka have been discovered at Kingston Lacey, of which 175 bear identifiable texts. © NTPL A crate of ancient Egyptian relics discovered at a National Trust property has turned out to be a large collection of inscribed pottery sherds known as 'ostraka', used by scribes to write a variety of notes and messages. Among the pieces, found during work in the cellars of Kingston Lacy in Dorset are over one hundred tax receipts given by officials for poll tax, mortgages and income tax,...
  • Being Catholic: Sacred Things, Relics and the Incorruptibles

    06/23/2007 10:48:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 68 replies · 4,172+ views ^ | n/a | Fisheaters
    Relics and the Incorruptibles Exodus 13:19 "And Moses took Joseph's bones with him: because he had adjured the children of Israel, saying: God shall visit you, carry out my bones from hence with you." 4 Kings 13:20-21 "And Eliseus died, and they buried him. And the rovers from Moab came into the land the same year. And some that were burying a man, saw the rovers, and cast the body into the sepulchre of Eliseus. And when it had touched the bones of Eliseus, the man came to life and stood upon his feet." Matthew 9:20-22 "And behold a woman...
  • On some denominations views of relics

    06/22/2007 9:59:38 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 44 replies · 682+ views
    self | 6/22/07 | self
    Okay, so I am bringing up the topic of relics in use by certain Christian denominations. Just recently this denomination has talked about the serious necessity to start a campaign to get 80,000 medallions out. they are doing this as a means to deal with evil, protect the wearer, and bind the power of Satan, like the medallions themselves are talismans have the power within them to do this. In the article in question, the writer does not ever refer to Christ's power as being the thing that makes the medallion 'work', or Christ being the source of their spiritual...
  • Joan of Arc remains 'are fakes'[Egyptian mummy and a cat]

    04/04/2007 10:45:21 PM PDT · by Dacb · 3 replies · 308+ views
    BBC ^ | 04 April 2007 | BBC
    Bones thought to be the holy remains of 15th Century French heroine Joan of Arc were in fact made from an Egyptian mummy and a cat, research has revealed. In 1867, a jar was found in a Paris pharmacy attic, along with a label claiming it held relics of Joan's body. But new forensic tests suggest that the remains date from between the third and sixth centuries BC - hundreds of years before Joan was even born. The study has been reported in the news pages of the Nature journal. Forensic scientist Dr Philippe Charlier, who led the investigation, told...