It is a known fact that anything and everything even remotely connected to any God or major religious figure is venerated by followers. Of course, not all such objects can be authenticated and some of them have even been proved to be false. However, there is no doubt that these relics still remain pillars of faith in those who believe in them. Here are some historical relics considered sacred by Catholics.
The Crown of Thorns
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The Crown of Thorns is alleged to be the crown worn by Jesus Christ during his crucifixion. With over seventy original thorns and several travels taking it from one place to another, the crown now permanently resides in Paris. Although it has never been proven legitimate, the crown is venerated by millions of Christians around the world.
The Shroud of Turin
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Supposedly one of the most controversial religious relics in Christian history, the Shroud of Turin is allegedly the burial cloth of Jesus Christ and is said to bear the image of Jesus himself. The shroud is deeply acknowledged as a symbol of Christianity in the Catholic World and has been kept at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin. Even though radiocarbon tests have questioned the authenticity of the shroud, believers are undeterred from venerating it.
The True Cross
The cross is a powerful symbol of Christianity in the Catholic world. It represents the importance of the original cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. Historical reports suggest that after the demolition of the Church built over the crucifixion site, three crosses were uncovered. The hundred or so wood pieces related to these three crosses spread far and wide and are considered as pieces of the True Cross.
The Sudarium of Oviedo
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The Cathedral of San Salvador in Spain is home to the Sudarium of Ovideo, a piece of bloody cloth that was supposedly wrapped around Jesus Christ’s head in his burial ground. The cloth is kept carefully preserved and is shown to the public only thrice a year. It is considered a highly important religious relic although its authenticity has still not been established.
The Holy Grail
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The Holy Grail has been the subject of discussion in many Hollywood movies, including Indiana Jones, Monty Python and even the controversial Da Vinci Code. Over the years, the relic has undergone different transformations, thanks to the myriad stories behind it. It remains the subject of inventive storytelling to this day.
Religious relics are always considered important for staunch believers. These relics tend to be venerated by millions who practice the religion even if they remain unauthenticated to this day.