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Friday 6 December 2019

Piece of Jesus' manger returns to Jerusalem

 

The holy fragment of wood
The holy fragment of wood

Christians are celebrating the return to the Holy Land of a tiny wooden relic they believe was part of Jesus' manger.

It has been returned nearly 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope.

The thumb-sized relic was unveiled to worshippers at the Notre Dame church in Jerusalem for a day of celebration and prayer.

Advent

Today, it will be sent to its permanent home at the Franciscan Church of St Catherine, next to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the West Bank holy site where tradition says Jesus was born. Its arrival will coincide with Advent.

The apparently holy wooden structure was sent to Pope Theodore I in the 640s, around the time of the Muslim conquest of the Holy Land.

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