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In a medieval town in the south of France, a crypt tucked beneath a basilica houses one of the world’s most famous sets of human remains, a skull and bones rumored to belong to Jesus’ companion Mary Magdalene. Now, a scientist and an artist have used the remains to reconstruct what this woman would have looked like when alive.

 

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/mary-magdalene-face-skull-france-video-spd/

 

 

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Interestingly in the Middle Ages it was common for the Church to claim to have bones or body parts of first century Christians and  variety of relics like a piece of wood from the "cross". They even claimed to have John the Baptist head.

Why?...Money!

People (very superstitious) would use these as idols and pay to do so. 

 

I doubt very very much that this is Mary Magdalene. We'll never know for certain.

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7 minutes ago, Pjdriver said:

Interestingly in the Middle Ages it was common for the Church to claim to have bones or body parts of first century Christians and  variety of relics like a piece of wood from the "cross". They even claimed to have John the Baptist head.

Why?...Money!

People (very superstitious) would use these as idols and pay to do so. 

 

I doubt very very much that this is Mary Magdalene. We'll never know for certain.

Pjdriver, 

 

That kind of "body parts" the orthodox church use to make good money. As an ex-orthodox I have seen many "believers" who would knee, pray and cry in front of such "relics". They have all sort of stories behind each piece of bone. They enjoy superstitious. Not long ago, in my home country of Georgia, orthodox church announced a man to be the "saint one" and they took the body out of the grave and they were worshiping it: 

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10 minutes ago, Friends just call me Ross said:

On NBC news tonight, they talked about 'supposedly' finding, purely by chance,

'Saint' Peter's bones in a Catholic church in Rome.

 

I thought it was official dogma of the church that Peter is buried in the crypt below St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. If now they found his bones in a different church, who is buried in the crypt? I'm guessing none of them is actually Peter.

 

Interestingly, our publications had always stated that Peter was never in Rome, but in 2011 that statement was softened to

"Even if Peter did preach in Rome, as some secular literature from the first and second centuries implies, there is no proof that he was head of the congregation there." *** w11 8/1 p. 25 Is the Pope “Saint Peter’s Successor”? ***

 

I didn't notice that adjustment at the time, I was surprised to see it recently in the Publications Index under the "Beliefs clarified" entry. :)

 

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Interestingly in the Middle Ages it was common for the Church to claim to have bones or body parts of first century Christians and  variety of relics like a piece of wood from the "cross". They even claimed to have John the Baptist head.
Why?...Money!
People (very superstitious) would use these as idols and pay to do so. 
 
I doubt very very much that this is Mary Magdalene. We'll never know for certain.

True, so the article states this:

"Rumors that her remains were in the south of France gained popularity in 1279, Rebecca Lea McCarthy wrote in the book Origins of the Magdalene Laundries. Since then, McCarthy wrote, her remains have been 'found' in at least five other regions."


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