Thursday, June 23, 2011

John The Baptist Relics Moved to Renovated Church in Bulgaria's Sozopol

The relics, unearthed last summer off Sozopol on Bulgaria's southern coast and purported to be St. John the Baptist, will be moved to SS Cyril and Methodius church in Sozopol.

The relics are expected to arrive in the renovated church on June 25 and will be welcomed solemnly by the clergy, citizens and politicians, including Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

The remains believed to be John the Baptist, including a skull fragment and a tooth, were uncovered at the end of July last year during the excavation of a fourth-century monastery on St. Ivan Island, off Bulgaria's Black Sea coast. They were in a sealed reliquary buried next to a tiny urn inscribed with St. John's name and his birth date.

When Bulgarian archaeologists declared they had found relics of John the Baptist, one of the most significant early Christian saints, their discovery became the subject of huge interest, much skepticism and even scam allegations.

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