Archive for the ‘Catholicism’ Category

Early copy of the Gospel of Mark is a skilled forgery

January 27, 2010

A clever bit of detective work by US scholars and scientists has proven that one of the jewels of the University of Chicago’s manuscript collection is, in fact, a skilled late 19th- or early 20th-century forgery.  (more…)

Half a million tickets reserved to see Turin Shroud in 2010

January 22, 2010

When the Holy Shroud is put on display this Spring visitors are expected to pour into the city of Turin, Italy to catch a glimpse.  This exposition, which comes ten years after it was last shown publicly, has already led hundreds of thousands of people to reserve tickets. (more…)

Grim Artifacts – The Holy Foreskin

June 14, 2009

Did you know that there actually exists a Catholic relic called The Holy Foreskin? Well, it does, and some guy wrote a whole book about it. The book is called An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church’s Strangest Relic in Italy’s Oddest Town. I found a book description, and a review on Forbes by H. R. Alberts, and this is what I wanted to share with you on this unique artifact:

In December 1983, a priest in the Italian hill town of Calcata shared shocking news with his congregation: The pride of their town, the foreskin of Jesus, had been stolen. Some postulated that it had been stolen by Satanists. Cover_AnIrreverentCuriosity_400Some said the priest himself was to blame. Some even pointed their fingers at the Vatican. In 2006, writer David Farley moved to Calcata, determined to find the missing foreskin, or at least find out the truth behind its disappearance. Farley recounts how the relic passed from Charlemagne to the papacy to a marauding sixteenth-century German soldier before finally ending up in Calcata, where miracles occurred that made the sleepy town a pilgrimage destination. Over the centuries, as Catholic theology evolved, the relic came to be viewed as something of an embarrassment, culminating in a 1900 papal decree that threatened excommunication on anyone who spoke of or wrote about the relic. (more…)