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From: "grandcross" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Saintly remains for DNA testing
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2007 22:28:09 -0500
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From: "Cheryl Simani" <>
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Subject: Re: [DNA] Saintly remains for DNA testing


Constantine's mother, Helena, visited Jerusalem in 324 CE. With the
assistance of guides, she formally identified the physical location of
events sacred to Christianity and established churches on those spots - i.e.
the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, the Church of the Nativity in
Bethlehem, etc.. From that time and throughout the Middle Ages there
existed a booming market for "bones of saints." Many graves were robbed.
It is difficult to determine the true province of these relics.

It is a major human dilemma that Greed leads so quickly to deceit, not
only of others but also of ourselves.

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07202b.htm

http://www.the-orb.net/encyclop/religion/hagiography/cult.htm

http://www.the-orb.net/encyclop/religion/hagiography/broman.htm



BCarroll <> wrote:

There are lots of purported and real bones of saints that could be tested
for DNA. Some of the more modern saints have had their remains moved and
fragments of their bones were saved and sold and/or distributed to the
faithful. In Maryland, they have tiny slivers of (Saint) Mother Seton for
sale in small reliquaries for personal devotion purposes. I've actually seen
extremely old reliquaries containing purported saints remains for sale on
Ebay! No guarantee of course if they are the real deal or not...

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