Ecclesiastical and political pragmatism, with a beat
Case closed, not. This one is the weakest cases for a "relic" since the bone kept in a French church reputed to be Joan of Arc's rib turned out, via DNA analysis, to be a charred bone of an ancient Egyptian cat. (The very few legitimate relics of Joan--other than a couple of signatures--were destroyed during the French Revolution--a hat and a hair, if I remember correctly).The best candidate for a legitimate relic of Jesus may be the Sudarium of Oviedo (Spain). But the carbon dating results may be a bit shaky.
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