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Religious artifacts found in ashes of Loras College building

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Maintenance workers cleaning up a Loras College building that was devastated by a fire have found a box filled with religious items, including a prayer asking St. Agatha to specifically protect the building from burning.

The Telegraph Herald ( ) reports the north building of the Visitation Complex caught fire in March after being struck by lightning. No one was injured in the massive blaze, but the more than 125-year-old building was deemed a total loss and is slated for demolition.

Loras maintenance workers recently retrieved the cross that long adorned the complex. In it, they found a small copper box filled with religious statuettes, prayer cards, medallions, a rosary and the prayer to St. Agatha.

Michael Gibson, archivist at the Center for Dubuque History at Loras, says the prayer was "prophetic."

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