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Verifying the bones of St Ambrose

A forensic team has analysed the relics of 4th-century St Ambrose. Gregory DiPippo, writing for the New Liturgical Movement, reported that the relics were found to be authentic and that the findings appeared to confirm the accuracy of the oldest known portrait of the saint.

“In a letter to his elder sister Marcellina (also a saint), Ambrose speaks of an intense pain which he experienced in his right shoulder, and difficulty of movement, caused by a fracture of the right clavicle which he suffered in his youth, and which never properly healed. The presence of this fracture is confirmed by the examination,” DiPippo wrote.

The fracture, he added, also accounts for “the notable asymmetry of his face”, seen in a mosaic portrait of Ambrose from the early 5th century, in the chapel of St Victor in Ciel d’Oro within the basilica in Milan where his relics are displayed.

Are ‘cry rooms’ a life-safer or a travesty?

“Let the little children come to me,’ Jesus said. But at the time, he was not in a church designed to amplify sound, wheth­er an outraged squeal, a wind-up toy or the clatter of a book onto the floor,” wrote Elisabeth Deffner at ncregister.

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