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THE CROWN OF THORNS: This relic has formed part of the treasure of the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Paris since 1806. It was originally brought to France by Saint Louis in the 13th century, when he had a splendid reliquary built specifically for it: the Sainte Chapelle. The Crown of Thorns can be venerated by the faithful every first Friday of the month, and every Friday of Lent.
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THE HOLY SHROUD OF TURIN: Ever since 1898, when Secondo Pia made public a photograph in which the negative made the portrait of Christ appear in a miraculously precise way, this linen shroud, which is 4 yards long, has been the subject of scientific debates and has inspired widespread veneration by the faithful.
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THE HOLY CRIB: Exposed in a crystal reliquary at the heart of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, in Rome, the Holy Crib contains pieces of wood thought to have belonged to Jesus' crib.
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THE HOLY TUNIC: Shown to the public every 50 years, the tunic is conserved in the Basilica of Saint Denis of Argenteuil, in France. This is considered the vestment that Jesus Christ wore on the way to Calvary.
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THE CAP OF CAHORS: During the time of Jesus, the heads of the deceased were covered with a cloth cap. Said to have been retrieved by the apostles after the Resurrection, this relic remained in Jerusalem for nearly 800 years before being given to Charlemagne, who then gave it to the bishop of Cahors, France. Today, it is kept in the chapel of Saint Gausbert in Cahors.
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THE IRON CROWN OF LOMBARDY: A precious symbol of Italian royalty, the Iron Crown was made in 591. The interior ring was purportedly forged from the metal of one of the nails from the True Cross, discovered by Saint Helen. Kings ranging from Charlemagne to Ferdinand I of Austria, including Charles V and Napoleon along the way, wore this crown in their day.
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THE HOLY LANCE: The Holy Lance, precious because it pierced the side of Christ at the time of his crucifixion, has been claimed to be just about everywhere in Europe—from Antioch to Rome; from Armenia to the Holy Roman Empire. In the 13th century, Louis IX bought a fragment of it to house at the Saint Chapelle in Paris. It disappeared during the Revolution. Since 1492, another fragment has been in Rome.

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THE HOLY GRAIL OF VALENCIA: The Chalice that Christ used during the Last Supper might be in Valencia, Spain. After having been hidden by a member of the faithful during the Spanish Civil War, it was given special veneration in 1982 during the visit of John Paul II, who used it for the celebration of Mass after venerating the relic in the chapel.
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THE COLUMN OF THE FLAGELLATION: This is considered to have been the column to which Jesus was bound during the Passion. It witnessed the Lord's flagellation. Today, it is partly exposed to the public in the Basilica of Saint Praxedes in Rome.
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THE HOLY BRIDLE OF CARPENTRAS: Saint Helen is said to have found the Holy Nails when she discovered the Holy Cross, and what is thought to be the site of the crucifixion. The nail that held Jesus' right hand to the cross was made into a bit used by the Emperor Constantine's horse. The emperor kept it until it disappeared, and it was later found at Carpentras, in the Vaucluse region of southeastern France. Consequently, this Holy Bridle has been the principle emblem of the coat of arms of that city since 1260.
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VERONICA'S VEIL: The Holy Face is an "acheiropoieta" icon, that is to say, "not made by human hand"; the image was created miraculously when Veronica used her veil to dry Christ's face on his way to Calvary. The veil of Manoppello, kept in the shrine of that name in Italy, is supposed to be that image of the Holy Face. The likeness served as the model for later representations. Benedict XVI visited Manoppello during his pontificate.
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