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Relic of St Barbara to travel from Italy to Greece

The relic of Saint Barbara, one of the most venerated saints in the Orthodox Church, is to be lent to the Church of Greece by the church in Venice where it is normally housed.

The Church of Greece said on Tuesday that the Roman Catholic church had agreed to transfer the relic as part of the 80th anniversary celebrations of the Greek Church’s missionary arm.

The relic will be kept at Aghia Varvara Church in western Athens between May 10 and 24.

Barbara is said to have lived in 3rd century in Nicomedia, present-day Turkey.

In the Orthodox Church, she is also known as the Great Martyr Barbara.