COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. A bronze relic that may have been a cross carried by 17th century Spanish explorers has been found in the drawer of a Pueblo priest nearly 40 years after it vanished following its discovery in Colorado, according to a report in The Colorado Springs Independent newspaper.
Historians say the relic could help in their quest to learn more about the work of the Spanish in the West. The 5-inch-long piece carries images of the Vision of King Constantine, an armor breastplate and a cross with a crown encircling it.
It seems inaccurate to describe this as a relic, since any possible association of the artifact with a saint is not described. Very neat discovery nonetheless, especially since the man who reported its location is a 94-year-old monsignor who can't have many years left in him.