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Thomas Becketís Bloody Tunic Returns to Canterbury 850 Years After He Died
The Guardian (UK) ^ | 11/4/18 | Catherine Pepinster

Posted on 11/05/2018 4:44:33 PM PST by marshmallow

Vatican to send back historic relic worn by archbishop as he was brutally murdered

A bloodstained tunic belonging to Thomas Becket is to be returned to Britain from the Vatican to help mark the 850th anniversary of the murder of the former archbishop of Canterbury and the 800th anniversary of the creation of his shrine.

Canterbury Cathedral, where Becket was killed in December 1170 following a bitter dispute with King Henry II, became a shrine after Pope Alexander III made Becket a saint following the murder. It drew thousands of pilgrims from England and across Europe until the shrine was destroyed in 1538 by Henry VIII.

In recent times the site of Becket’s murder has again attracted visitors, and Canterbury Cathedral is to host a series of celebrations in 2020 to mark the anniversaries, including a major church service, jointly held by Catholics and Anglicans, and an exhibition of artefacts linked to Becket.

Given the destruction during the Reformation, when Henry VIII broke with Rome and ordered the dissolution of the monasteries, Canterbury itself has little left of Becket’s body or his belongings. But the tunic – or more properly tunicle, a garment worn to celebrate mass – escaped destruction because it was given to the pope by Henry’s father, Henry VII, 50 years earlier and kept in Rome. It has since been housed in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the great papal churches of Rome

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1 posted on 11/05/2018 4:44:33 PM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

How much is actually left?

Not sure what fibers were used for such a garment, but fiber is very prone to degradation. I would imagine the proteins in blood would make the fiber even more susceptible to decay.


2 posted on 11/05/2018 4:50:07 PM PST by KosmicKitty (Opportunities multiply as they are seized.)
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To: KosmicKitty

wow


3 posted on 11/05/2018 4:55:32 PM PST by manc ( If they want so called marriage equality then they should support polygamy too.)
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To: manc

Why? The CofE isn’t even Christian anymore and they never had any use for relics. This is the “church” founded by the same guy who despoiled the monasteries and had Becket’s relics destroyed.


4 posted on 11/05/2018 4:59:01 PM PST by NRx (#BlackBart-notmypope)
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To: manc

Sorry. My previous post was intended for #1.


5 posted on 11/05/2018 5:00:32 PM PST by NRx (#BlackBart-notmypope)
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To: marshmallow

Saw this the other day and watched the movie Beckett because of it.


6 posted on 11/05/2018 5:02:24 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: marshmallow
Probably even more blasphemous than Paul VI’s return of the captured Ottoman flag from the Battle of Lepanto to Turkey.
7 posted on 11/05/2018 5:07:25 PM PST by ebb tide (We have a rogue curia in Rome.)
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To: marshmallow

Get it Dry Cleaned first.


8 posted on 11/05/2018 5:07:52 PM PST by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, chances will be taken that's fore sure)
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To: NRx

LOL OK


9 posted on 11/05/2018 5:17:37 PM PST by manc ( If they want so called marriage equality then they should support polygamy too.)
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To: Beowulf9

Pretty good movie I thought.


10 posted on 11/05/2018 5:22:29 PM PST by rlmorel (Leftists: They believe in the "Invisible Hand" only when it is guided by government.)
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To: rlmorel

If I have time this weekend I will look for it as I love the historical movies like that.


11 posted on 11/05/2018 5:26:16 PM PST by manc ( If they want so called marriage equality then they should support polygamy too.)
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#10: "Pretty good movie I thought. "

Yes indeed. It's hard to believe how far back that was. Seems like yesterday. Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton. Real actors, real stories for adults. Grownup stuff.
 

12 posted on 11/05/2018 5:26:28 PM PST by Governor Dinwiddie (Nuke the Caravan!)
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To: KosmicKitty

Frankie handed it off to the very people who killed Becket...the royals, now expressed in the Anglican Church which took over Canterbury after Henry VIII. But would you expect otherwise?

He’s an evil little man who hates the Faith.


13 posted on 11/05/2018 5:30:24 PM PST by livius
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To: marshmallow

But won’t this be deeply offensive to Muslims?


14 posted on 11/05/2018 5:30:47 PM PST by xp38
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To: ebb tide

Or when Jimmah “we must get over our inordinate fear of communism” Carter returned the Crown of St. Stephen to the communist regime in Hungary.


15 posted on 11/05/2018 5:33:47 PM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam. Buy ammo.")
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To: marshmallow

Interesting history. Thanks for posting. BUMP,


16 posted on 11/05/2018 5:41:41 PM PST by PGalt
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To: marshmallow
If any of you all want to read about a brutal murder, read about that one.
17 posted on 11/05/2018 6:03:57 PM PST by crz
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

The Man who Would be King of the Popes is better.


18 posted on 11/05/2018 6:05:22 PM PST by M1911A1 (MAGA must include jail for the Swamp's leading lawbreakers)
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To: marshmallow

Well, that’s cool.


19 posted on 11/05/2018 6:17:18 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Kindness and truth shall meet." Ps. 85:10)
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To: ebb tide

“Probably even more blasphemous than Paul VI’s return of the captured Ottoman flag from the Battle of Lepanto to Turkey.”

I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought that was a deplorable act...


20 posted on 11/05/2018 6:19:56 PM PST by CondorFlight
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