An Irreverent Curiosity

Written by: David Farley


In “An Irreverent Curiosity,” travel writer David Farley embarks on a quirky and humorous journey to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of one of the Catholic Church’s most peculiar relics – the foreskin of Jesus. The story begins in 1983 in the idyllic Italian hill town of Calcata, where the local priest reveals to his shocked congregation that their prized possession has been stolen. Theories abound, ranging from Satanic involvement to Vatican conspiracies.

Intrigued by the mystery, Farley moves to Calcata in 2006, determined to investigate the relic’s whereabouts and delve into its enigmatic history. He traces the foreskin’s incredible journey through time, from the hands of Charlemagne to the papacy, and eventually to a German soldier in the 16th century, before it found its final resting place in Calcata. The town, once a sleepy hamlet, experienced a surge of miracles that transformed it into a major pilgrimage site.

With a perfect blend of historical intrigue, travelogue, and a dash of irreverence, “An Irreverent Curiosity” offers a fascinating glimpse into one of the most bizarre tales in religious history. Farley’s witty and engaging writing style brings this extraordinary story to life, leaving readers both entertained and enlightened. This book is a must-read for anyone with a penchant for the oddities of history and the allure of a good mystery.


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