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The Holy Lance held in Schatzkammer, Vienna, Austria (René Hanke / CC BY-SA 3.0 )

What Happened To The Coveted Spear Of Destiny?

Throughout the centuries, Christianity has been a fiery topic.  Some debate about its true origins and connections to other religions, while others look at the malfeasances of some of its religious leaders.  Another facet that has been talked about and debated for years is the fascination with certain artifacts, whether they be the bodies of deceased saints or religious reliquaries, and it seems such intrigue will never end. Among religious artifacts the most famous in Christianity is undoubtedly the Spear of Destiny, the Holy Lance that allegedly pierced Jesus' side as he was dying on the cross.

Longinus in The Crucifixion, by Jan Provoost (1501) Groeningmuseum of Bruges (Public Domain)

Longinus in The Crucifixion, by Jan Provoost (1501) Groeningmuseum of Bruges (Public Domain)

The truth is, however, that most people do not know what the Holy Lance actually is, as there are no publications available describing its true history and its actual current location, which is in the Americas. There is a copy in Vienna which many hold to be the real one, but the story gets much thicker than that, and there is a connection between the Roman Catholic Church and Nazi plunder during World War II. 


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