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The damaged outer gate of Aleppo’s Citadel (Nelofer Pazira)

The ongoing civil war in Syria, a land brimming with history, has led to a dangerous, tragic surge in the looting and smuggling of Syrian antiquities, and the trade of antiquities for guns.

A Harvard professor has identified what appears to be a scrap of fourth century Egyptian papyrus that contains the first known explicit reference to Jesus as married, a discovery that could fuel the millennia-old debate about priestly celibacy in the Catholic church. But the papyrus has no context and many scholars are already arguing it is fake. (more…)

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