Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Remains of John the Baptist found in Bulgaria (yeah right!)

This may well be the most stupid post I've ever read. I found it today on a CNN site called 'BELIEF BLOG'. It's so absurd that I can't be bothered to put it into my own words. So here it is (the funny part, at least!):

Archaeologists in Bulgaria claim they have found remains of John the Baptist while excavating the site of a 5th century monastery on the Black Sea island of Sveti Ivan.

A reliquary – a container for holy relics – discovered last week under the monastery’s basilica was opened on Sunday and found to contain bone fragments of a skull, a hand and a tooth, Bulgaria’s official news agency BTA reported.

Excavation leader Kazimir Popkonstantinov lifted the reliquary’s lid in a ceremony in the coastal town of Sozopol attended by dignitaries including the Bishop of Sliven, Yoanikii, and Bozhidar Dimitrov, a government minister and director of Bulgaria’s National History Museum, BTA said.

Further tests on the fragments are due to be carried out, but Popkonstantinov is convinced that the relics belong to John the Baptist because of [wait for it!!!] a Greek inscription on the reliquary referring to June 24, the date when Christians celebrate John the Baptist’s birth.



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