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The Holy Finger of Kansas City

A holy finger sits in a Kansas City art museum 

Located in the depths of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a case filled with silver relics of Christianity. One item in particular is intriguing but only if you read the little sign next to the huge case of items. Several feet above the ground, encased in a glass vial and gilded within a silver cage is the finger bone of Jesus of Nazareth’s first cousin, Saint John the Baptist.

John’s right hand, the one with which he baptized Jesus, is said to be in the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Cetinje monastery in Montenegro, and his head is rumored to be in a couple different places.

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