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An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Churchs Strangest Relic in Italys Oddest Town
An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Churchs Strangest Relic in Italys Oddest Town by David Farley 1592404545 9781592404544
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An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Churchs Strangest Relic in Italys Oddest Town by David Farley

A tour through the centuries and through a bizarre Italian town in search of an unbelievable relic: the foreskin of Jesus Christ In December 1983, a priest in the Italian hill town of Calcata shared shocking news with his congregation: The pride of their town, the foreskin of Jesus, had been stolen. Some postulated that it had been stolen by Satanists. Some said the priest himself was to blame. Some even pointed their fingers at the Vatican. In 2006, travel writer David Farley moved to Calcata, determined to find the missing foreskin, or at least find out the truth behind its disappearance. Farley recounts how the relic passed from Charlemagne to the papacy to a marauding sixteenth-century German solider before finally ending up in Calcata, where miracles occurred that made the sleepy town a major pilgrimage destination. Over the centuries, as Catholic theology evolved, the relic came to be viewed as something of an embarrassment, culminating in a 1900 Church decree that allowed the parish to display it only on New Year? Day. An Irreverent Curiosityinterweaves this history with the curious landscape of Calcata, a beautiful and untouched medieval village set atop four-hundred-fifty-foot cliffs, which now, due to the inscrutable machinations of Italian bureaucracy, is a veritable counterculture coven. Blending history, travel, and perhaps the oddest story in Christian lore, An Irreverent Curiosityis a weird and wonderful tale of conspiracy and misadventure.

Author: David Farley

Language: English

Edition: First Edition. 1 in numberline

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 304

Publisher: Gotham

Publication Date: 2009-07-09

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ISBN: 1592404545


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