Religion: $100,000 Relic

In 326 A.D., St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, set out to find the tomb of Jesus Christ and the Cross on which He was crucified. According to Roman Catholic tradition, in Jerusalem pious Helena found the Holy Sepulchre and three crosses, one of which cured an ailing woman. To Constantinople, Helena sent what she believed was the True Cross (of pine), three Holy Nails† and the Holy Tunic which Christ wore to Calvary. Soon fragments of the Cross in great numbers were circulated among the devout.

Although modern freethinkers have gibed that...

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