He had to trip over it to find it. But when he lifted the ancient cross and read the inscription etched in acid in the worn black iron, the Rev. G. Ronald Murphy was overwhelmed.
There, on the floor of a cluttered basement room at Georgetown University, the longtime German professor had stumbled upon something remarkable: the cross believed to be used in the first Catholic Mass on English-speaking American soil, in the Maryland settlement formed to ensure religious freedom i...
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