Saint's alleged bones for sale online
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The Russian Orthodox Church
is outraged after a skull and bone supposedly belonging to St.
Phillip showed up for sale online.
The Russian Web site that had the relics up for sale described them
as the "remains of an Orthodox saint, in good condition, with an
inscription on the cranium confirming the saint's name," the BBC reported.
The church called the advertisement immoral, but did not state
whether it thinks the bone and skull are real.
The item's seller, Boris Georgiev, told the BBC he was "acting on
behalf a friend."
Georgiev said that the 16th-Century relic was found along with the
remaining pieces from the St. Petersburg Atheism Museum that was
closed after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Before the church stepped in, the relics were not very popular. But
since prelates voiced their indignation with the sale many people
have called about the item.
"My phone has been ringing all day today," Georgiev said. "But I have
to disappoint potential bidders: The relic is no longer on sale. This
morning, the owner called me to say she'd changed her mind."
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