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> Why did Brother Elias want to bury Francis’ body without witnesses concealing it so well that it took 600 years to find it?
> What is the symbolic message of the objects Brother Elias placed around and on the body of the Blessed, namely:

> the white cornerstone with a red stripe in the middle?
> the twelve silver coins
> the silver ring portraying
Minerva at peace ?
> the iron fragment?
> the stem of an ear of wheat?
thewreath featuring 12 amber and 17 ebony beads?

> Why has it never been decoded?

> What was the symbolic meaning given by Brother Elias to the Cornerstone with a red stripe in the middle?
> During burial, was this stone intentionally placed > on the right side < of the head, where it was found, or > underneath the head < like a pillow, according to tradition and legend?
What was the symbolic meaning given by Brother Elias to the three items placed side by side > under the feet < of Francis, and to the wreath?
Which was the symbolic meaning encrypted in the way Brother Elias arranged these items, namely by placing the >ring first , then the iron fragment, and then the > wheat stem>?
What was the meaning of the iron fragment, with a 1.5 inch (cm 2.79) length and 1 inch (cm 1.86) - width?
Did its weight and size symbolize something, just like the other items found in the grave?
> Were there any other missing
symbols on both sides?
Did the ring and the wreath really belong to Francis, or did they only carry a symbolic value, like the other items intentionally placed at his feet ?
> If they did belong to
Francis, who had given them to him and for what reason, since there is no historic record of them?
> Why have the ring and the 11 silver coins, found in the tomb on January 28, 1819, gone lost, after they had been brought to Rome to be classified and surveyed on February 2, 1820, as reported by Carlo Fea, then officer for antiquities, in his book "Descrizione ragionata", (pages 42-43)?

> What happened to the > 12th coin < found two years later at the level of the heart, from among bone fragments?
Was it a silver coin, just like the other > 11 < coins, or was it made of another metal, like the oxidised iron fragment, the size of a coin, also found from among the Saint’s skeletal bone fragments?
Did such coin carry templar symbols like those used in that period, or other esoteric symbols?
Why < wasn’t it brought to Rome and kept – like the other >11< coins in the same reliquary of the Basilica dei Santi Apostoli, where they had been preserved away from profane eyes until February 1978?

> What happened to the piece of iron and the stem of an ear of wheat, placed at his feet near the ring with the cornelian stone?

> Have they all gone lost, or been >intentionally < hidden from profane eyes?
> What is the reason behind the consent given by the 5 Apostolic Delegates to such a superficial, apparently unjustifiable act, and undoubtedly dissenting from the will of Pius VII, who specifically selected them on Jan. 8, 1919, with his short "Ex parte dilecti filii"?
> Was it
> misplaced confidence<, also in view of the strange and equally unjustified disappearance of > 5 beads < of the wreath, as well as of all the records?

> Why < have the 29 beads been concealed to be - most probably - part of a special type of > subha < - an Islamic rosary - which, for some special esoteric reasons, had only 29 instead of the standard 33 beads, and that could have been given to St. Francis only by an initiated Muslim, such as the Caliph of Egypt?
> Was it perhaps to avoid confirming < the sufic nature > of the < rosary >, which would give away Francis as a Sufi Master, recognised by the Caliph Al Malik? The latter was a Master too, since, by tradition, he was also the guardian of Muhammad’s secret teachings he passed on to Francis while he hosted him in his tent for ten days, and taught him to sing the >29 sùras<. All this would attach a totally different meaning to the 29 beads.
> Was it perhaps to avoid finding out that it might not be a > Christian rosary <, because only later - under Islamic influence - did the rosary become popular among Christians?

> Where are the > 24 beads < currently kept, out of the 29 beads that were scattered on the bottom of the coffin and lying next to the three items placed at the feet of the Blessed, with a clear symbolic meaning?

> Why have only > 24 < out of the 29 beads of the wreath been sent to Rome and kept in the reliquary until February 1978, without taking any photos of them, unlike the silver coins, when they were brought back to Assisi for a new recognition of the Saint’s mortal remains?

- Why have the >29 beads< (17 made of ebony and 12 of amber) of the wreath placed at the feet of the Saint from Assisi never been displayed to the public - nor ever been showed to the experts and historians? Instead, they were kept in a reliquary of the Basilica dei Santi Apostoli in Rome, together with the 11 silver coins and the cruet containing Saint Francis ashes

> And if - as expected- pictures were actually taken, how come> the photos < have never been published, being it merely a > precious necklace < with inlays or mother-of-pearl inserts, as reported by two archaeologists, Frondini and Rizzi?

> Why was it decided to > place them back in the sarcophagus <, unlike the other objects found in the grave and kept in the glass reliquary of the "Cappella delle Reliquie" built in the Lower Basilica?

> What happened to the > 5 beads < of the wreath, taken away or destroyed just like any other documents and Brother Elias secret archive?
> Why have they been intentionally > hidden < although they had been found and extracted together?
> Who < did illegally take them > with full consent of the 5 Apostolic Delegates?
Who (and why) consented to the < removal > of these > 5 <- most probably - ebony beads, so that they would amount to 12, just like the amber beads, a number deemed to better suit the spirit of the > 12 knights of the Round Table < who were so dear to the Order’s founder?
> Did the
5 Delegates take these beads as personal > relics of the Saint < and in his everlasting memory, since, most likely, they were >the only people< who had the power to do so?
Whom did they bequeath them to? To their heirs or to the Church they belonged to?
Why was any official view of the other >24< beads prohibited?
> Did the sequential arrangement and/or the size of the small holes along the circumference carry any > particular symbolic meaning <, since no other likely ornaments (small inlayed items or beads) were found amid the ashes and bones?
Why utmost care was taken to avoid showing the > position < and the > number < of holes identified on the 17 ebony beads?
> Was it perhaps because – to an expert eye – their punctuation would point to > symbols < of such import that it was better to opt for total confidentiality and secrecy?
How come the records of this recognition are nowhere to be found, and all relevant pages of the protocols of these investigations are strangely missing, just like the correspondence exchanged by Brother Elias while he served as Provincial Vicar of the Friars Minor?

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