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NBC: A shroud in Turin is said to hold the image of Jesus & A piece of Jesus’ cross was found

imageAnd why must they always call it the “True Cross”? Wrote Calvin in Traité Des Reliques.

There is no abbey so poor as not to have a specimen. In some places there are large fragments, as at the Holy Chapel in Paris, at Poitiers, and at Rome, where a good-sized crucifix is said to have been made of it. In brief, if all the pieces that could be found were collected together, they would make a big ship-load. Yet the Gospel testifies that a single man was able to carry it.

And some of us thought that was enough. But now Martin Fletcher of NBC News reports archaeologists finding a piece of the True Cross:

And here is how some affiliate reported it:

Headline:  Archaeologists Discover What Could Be Fragment of Christ’s Cross

Archaeologists have made what could be one of the most important discoveries for Christian history.

After digging for four years, and finding a thousand human skeletons, Turkish archaeologists believe they may have struck biblical gold – a fragment of the cross of Jesus.

They found it in a stone chest engraved with two crosses.

Professor Gulgun Koroglu said, "This piece may contain a bone of a Christian saint, or a piece of the cross that Jesus Christ was crucified on."

If so it would become an instant icon of Christianity – found in a church built in the year 660.

In the fourth century, wood fragments said to be from the cross were sent from these shores across the Mediterranean to Rome and Constantinople in today’s Turkey.

A biblical link raises the profile of any find. A shroud in Turin is said to hold the image of Jesus.

Noah’s Ark is said to have been found several times.

And in Lake Galilee, an ancient fishing boat found in the mud was said to have possibly belonged to Jesus.

Either way the Turkish archaeologists say the stone and its contents have a very important history. They’re being examined in a laboratory.

(Emphasis above is mine)

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