5.400 Dollar. This was the price tag on the skull of Pope Benedict XIII. A thief stole it in April 2000, and demanded a ransom.
In the latest indignity to befall his remains, Pope Benedict XIII skull was stolen in April 2000 from a remote village in north eastern Spain – and the thieves were demanding a ransom for its return.
The mayor of the village of Illueca, where the Pope was born, told a local newspaper that he had received two hand-written ransom notes in August demanding one million pesetas (USD 5,400 ) for the return of the relic.
An unsuccessful attempt was made to trap the thief at a rendezvous in a park in the city of Zaragoza but the culprit failed to make contact.
Ransom notes demanded a redezvous with mayor Vicente Mayor Vicente said he believed the ransom notes were genuine and he expected to receive further instructions.
The remains of the Pope, who died in 1423, aged 95, have had an eventful history. His embalmed body was moved after his death to Illueca were it became famous for working miracles.
During the 18th Century War of Succession, all but the skull was destroyed by French troops.
Since then it had been kept in an urn in a palace in the nearby town of Savinan. It was only taken out once, three years ago during an exhibition in his honor, when it was insured for 50 million pesetas (USD 269,000), El Mundo said.
Pope Benedict XII, known popularly as Papa Luna, took part in the Great Western Schism which divided the Roman Catholic church between 1378 and 1409. El Mundo newspaper said in April that the theft represented a “pillage of the cultural and historical heritage of Aragon”.
The skull was finally returned. Here is a fresh picture from the castle taken i July 2010. The two pictures of the skull, looks very different. May be because the skull has gone through a fresh processes of beautification after it was recovered?
To have a bounty on your head, just got a deeper meaning.
The correct value of this skull must have been in dispute. The thief must obviously not have been aware of the amount the Spanish Catholics were willing to pay an insurance company for a trustworthy value certificate.
269.000 USD is a lot of money for a skull. Since the thief demanded a lesser amount, I guess the Catholic Church should hope and pray that the thief would never return the skull.
Another issue is the rest of the body of this controversial Catholic leader. It can not be found.
But the people who removed the skull, obviously must have used a shape item and cut the bony head off this crops.
Or is it possible that a Skull can surface from a lost body, just by it self?
The present pope seems to be of the opinion that collecting bones and skulls is a part of blessed activities of the “Holy Roman Catholic Church”.
On the pictures above, we can see Him adoring a box with “Holy bones”, i fact the Pontiff is praying in front of the claimed to be remains of “St. Augustine”.
The problem in regards to this box, is that the skull is missing. We are not sure if the skull was there, when the Catholics priest opened the grave of this man.
Or did they cut his head off?
And if the skull already was missing, who stole it?
Because if the bones are “Holy”, I guess the skull also is holy, wherever it might be found.
If you ever find an unclaimed “Holy skull”, please send it to the head of the Vatican.
Because if an Insurance company has accepted the value of the skull of Papa Luna to be a couple of hundred thousand dollars, we should expect a new gold rush. There is not a Roman Catholic grave yard that should not be turned up side down, to release insurance claims of unlimited values.
If the skull has been replaced by the thief’s, we are heading for another scandal in the Vatican: An Insurance scam. Another issues will be if this skull continues be “holy”, even if it has been replaced.
The third issue might be the most interesting part of this story:
How can the value of the skull be so high? The Vatican claim that this skull is of an anti-Pope?
Who is right?
The Catholics in Spain, or their priesthood in Rome?
I’m in bewilderment at how Catholics can praise a bone, believing that it can heal/do something.
At the same time, I’m disgusted.
Before coming to this blog, I never knew how far catholics go in their adoration.
I marvel at the things you find in the ‘vatican closet’ though my stomach turns over at the very sight of their ghastly relics, yet it is extremely knowledgable info for me to get as many catholics out of this abominable religion including my own stubborn family who think that this is the only true religion – GOD Help Me here!!.
What I have read and seen on your many blogs on catholicism, is indeed a taste of hell to all Catholics who are spiritually blind unless they allow their sight to be restored by the precious WORD OF GOD.
Read more to learn what the ‘vatican’ really means, you won’t be surprised then:
Thanks for this comment. I thought that I had found the very nadir of Rome, with this article about the skull and the Pope worshiping a box of bones.
But as deeper I dig into this closet, even more distressing pictures and information I find. I can only promise you one thing: It will get worse from her. Be ready for more shocking stories down the pipeline.
Please use this blog as a tool to minister to your Catholic family members, and friends. This is about eternal life, or eternal condemnation in Hell.
Thanks in the name of Yeshua(Jesus) for your effort in exposing the ‘catholic crap’ it will certainly help me to bring at least a handful of souls to the Lord to be saved. I am no preacher, teacher or any title of that sort but what I carry within my heart is the sWORD(the GOSPEL) OF GOD. The GOD of Israel. He will help me do His will, I trust HIM.