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The believed remains of two Apostles


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In Rome lies the Santi Apostoli church, cared for by Franciscan brothers for more than 500 years. For more than 1500 years, this site has held the believed remains of two of the earliest Christians and Jesus apostles: St. Philip and St. James the Younger -- relics of the Holy Catholic Church.

In the first few centuries of Christianity, life was difficult for the Christian minority, but gradually towards sixth century Christianity became the dominant religion and after Emperor Constantine on his deathbed declared Christianity the state religion, churches were erected all over the Roman Empire.

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Bones Venerated as St. James the Younger’s Don’t Belong to the Apostle, Study Suggests

For more than 1,500 years, devout Christians have traveled to the Santi Apostoli church in Rome to view the relics of two of Jesus’s apostles: St. Philip and St. James the Younger (also known as St. James the Less, he may have been Jesus’s brother). Now, new research suggests that James’ purported bone fragments actually belong to an individual who lived centuries after the saint.


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When Catholics say that Jesus had no siblings they are simply following the ancient tradition of the Church. Protestants who interpret the Bible literally take the word " brother" at face value. In Jewish culture I believe it  could apply to a male relation such as a cousin.  What those commentators who disagree have to explain is why Jesus entrusted the care of his mother to his close disciple John who was no relation. Why would he do this if Mary had other sons or daughters to support her? 

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