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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/story/2010/11/04/edmonton-vladimir-skull-recovered.html 1,000-year-old relic recovered Skull fragment is holy icon of
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      1,000-year-old relic recovered
      Skull fragment is holy icon of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

      An orthodox church in Edmonton is celebrating the safe return of a
      1,000-year-old skull fragment believed to belong to Vladimir the Great.

      The ancient icon was stolen from the home of an Edmonton priest while
      on loan from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Kiev, Ukraine.

      The relic, a one-inch-square fragment of a skull, is on a
      cross-country tour. It's one of only two relics left of the
      10th-century Ukrainian ruler. The rest of Vladimir's bones have
      disappeared over the years during various invasions and the communist
      revolution.

      Vladimir the Great became a saint after converting populations under
      his rule to Christianity after 988 A.D.

      The Kiev church where the skull fragment is housed usually displays
      it in public only one day every year.

      A thief broke into the home of a priest with St. Herman's Orthodox
      Church, on 167 St., in the middle of the night last week, said
      Archpriest Phillip Eriksson.

      The thief took the relic, a wallet and the keys to the priest's truck
      in which he made his escape.

      After a frantic call to police, officers began a street to street
      search. They found the truck just over three hours later about 10
      blocks away. The relic was with the truck, still inside its ornate box.

      Eriksson said the Ukrainian Orthodox Church would have faced an
      international crisis had the relic not been found.

      Police have not made any arrests. But the squad that helped trace the
      skull fragment has built a bond with the church as a result.

      "Once the relics had been recovered, they were brought back to the
      church," said Eriksson. "As they were being brought into the church,
      Father Alexander said, 'Ring the bells,' so we rang the bells.

      "The police station is about a block away, and we got a phone call
      from them even as the bells were ringing, and they asked, 'Are the
      bells ringing because the relics are back?' and we said, 'Yes.'"

      Squadron 8 asked the church if it can claim St. Vladimir as their
      patron saint and the church has agreed.
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