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A wooden fragment said to be from the crib of the infant Jesus arrived in Jerusalem Friday on its way back to Bethlehem after a millennium-long absence. The relic, housed in Rome since the seventh century, was presented to the Franciscan custodians of the Holy Land at a mass in the Notre Dame Catholic center opposite the walls of Jerusalem's Old City.The chief custodian for the Holy Land, Francesco Patton, said that the relic was sent from Bethlehem to Rome around the year 640 as gift to Pope Theodore I from Sophronius, Latin patriarch of Jerusalem.Bethlehem has planned celebrations stretching until Christmas for the homecoming of the relic, a sliver of wood about a centimeter wide and 2.5 centimeters long.
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