John the baptists hand makes a return to Russia

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John the baptists hand makes a return to Russia

Err, this is wierd, anyone have anything more on the validity of this?
The Guardian
It was the only part of John the Baptist's body that Luke the Apostle could take away from the village where he was buried, and it has since been cited as the cause of miracles. It was given to the Russian royal family in St Petersburg to protect it from Napoleon's advancing armies and then whisked away to central Europe when the Bolshevik revolution broke out.

Now, as part of the Kremlin's bid to forge a national identity, John the Baptist's right hand, which Christians think baptised Jesus Christ, has returned to Russia for the first time in 89 years.

The return has been hailed by the Russian Orthodox church with great pomp and reverence. The head of the church, Patriach Alexei II, welcomed it at a ceremony on Wednesday at the Church of Christ the Saviour in central Moscow. The hand will remain there until Friday, when it will be taken on a tour of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine before returning in July to Montenegro, its present home.

The relic's return to Moscow is part of an orchestrated revival of the church, which is playing a central role in giving Russians a sense of spiritual and national belonging. The move was financed by a religious foundation chaired by Vladimir Yakunin, the head of Russia's vast state railways network who is frequently referred to as a potential successor to President Vladimir Putin.
By netchicken: posted on 24-6-2006

There is more ... body parts that is....

His arm, in Istanbul

and here

as well as his skull!
By netchicken: posted on 24-6-2006

The pic ablove must be a different right hand to the one in Russia (for many reasons one is this, the Russian one is missing 2 fingers ...

This one is missing one, but the thumb is debatable,

"You see that the hand is intact, you see the skin, although it's dried and darkened, the skin is also intact. The only thing missing are two fingers."
By netchicken: posted on 24-6-2006

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