These 20 Artifacts Are Shrouded In Secrecy – But They’re All Supposedly Stashed In The Vatican

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Despite all that the Catholic Church has revealed over the centuries, it still holds some secrets. In fact, there may be a few stunning ones hidden in the church’s Vatican City-based archives. Religious relics are rumored to be among this incredible stockpile, along with historical documents that highlight turning points in the timeline of mankind. And here are just 20 of the pieces alleged to have been stashed away – perhaps for good reason, too.

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20. The letter that started the Protestant Reformation

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Theology professor Martin Luther did not agree with the way in which the Catholic Church promised its followers that they could ascend to heaven. Back in the 16th century, you see, Catholics were told to purchase plenary indulgences in order to reduce the punishments that they and their loved ones would receive for their sins. And in 1517 Luther duly penned the 95 Theses – his disputation of everything that the church had, in his eyes, wrongly presented to its disciples.

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