Secret relic discovered in Dutch crucifix

6th August 2010, Comments 1 comment


A crucifix at a church in the Dutch town of Nijmegen turns out to harbour a secret. The clergy at the Antonious Abtkerk have confirmed that the crucifix, dating from 1520, probably contains a relic.

The discovery was made during the restoration of the centuries-old crucifix, which is known to have been made in Germany. X-ray images revealed a small piece of bone in the head of the Christ figure.

In the Christian tradition, relics usually take the form of personal items or even the physical remains of saints or holy figures which were often embedded in shrines or objects of worship. Many believers attributed healing powers to such objects.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • Brian posted:

    on 6th August 2010, 13:47:33 - Reply

    Many relics also became money makers for the Catholic church so many "fakes" where added to the real relics e.g. one saint had 100 big toes etc.

    Maybe its real maybe not... to believe or not to believe that is the question.