By David Farley
Read David Farley's posts at the Penguin Blog. A journey in the course of the centuries and during a extraordinary Italian city looking for an implausible relic: the foreskin of Jesus Christ
In December 1983, a clergyman within the Italian hill city of Calcata shared stunning information with his congregation: the delight in their city, the foreskin of Jesus, have been stolen. a few postulated that it have been stolen via Satanists. a few acknowledged the priest himself was once guilty. a few even pointed their palms on the Vatican. In 2006, go back and forth author David Farley moved to Calcata, made up our minds to discover the lacking foreskin, or at the least discover the reality in the back of its disappearance.
Farley recounts how the relic handed from Charlemagne to the papacy to a marauding sixteenth-century German solider prior to ultimately finishing up in Calcata, the place miracles happened that made the sleepy city an incredible pilgrimage vacation spot. mixing heritage, go back and forth, and maybe the oddest tale in Christian lore, An Irreverent Curiosity is a peculiar and beautiful story of conspiracy and misadventure.
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An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town by David Farley