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CNN Films Team of Scientists from Great Britain Researching Jesus Relics in Boalsburg’s Columbus Chapel

Oct 07, 2014 12:24AM ● By Erica Shames
The Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum in Boalsburg welcomed a Cable News Network (CNN) film crew recently to film the two pieces of the True Cross of Jesus contained in Boalsburg’s Columbus Chapel.  The crew was following a team of scientists from Oxford University in England as they traced the history of the pieces of the True Cross from Jerusalem to Spain and finally to Boalsburg, Pennsylvania.   

A small sample of the Cross was taken and the wood will be carbon dated as part of six-part TV series entitled The Jesus Code that will examine relics associated with the life of Jesus Christ.   It is due to be transmitted nationwide on CNN in 2015.  

For sound recordist Merce Williams of New York, it was not his first working visit to the Columbus Chapel. He worked sound for Lucinda Lambton of BBC-TV for her “United States of Europe” special program about the Columbus Chapel broadcast throughout the United Kingdom in the 1990s.

Boal descendants of Columbus inherited and imported the chapel from Spain in 1909, including an Admiral’s Desk that belonged to Columbus, European fine religious paintings and statues, and the two pieces of the True Cross of Jesus.

The Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum are open to the public six days a week (closed Mondays) from 1:30 to 5 pm until October 31. School and bus group tours are possible in the winter by advance arrangement.

For details, visit or contact (814) 466-9266 or or the page "Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum".

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