Friday, January 15, 2010

The Crux Vaticana - Update

Photo by the AP.

About 2 months ago, I first posted an entry on the Crux Vaticana. But what is new today is a video with more detail about this great treasure at the Vatican from Rome Reports. See the video at the end of this posting.

The Crux Vaticana has been restored and will soon be displayed.

It is a reliquary containing fragments of the True Cross and was given to the people of Rome by Byzantine Emperor Justin II over 1500 years ago. It's considered to be the oldest reliquary of the cross. It's approximately a foot high and has been used in masses and ceremonies around Easter and Christmas.

An anonymous donor funded the restoration. It will be publicly displayed within St. Peter's Basilica starting on April 12. More info at the AP article can be found by clicking here.