New York-based David Farley writes for The New York Times, National Geographic, Food & Wine, and the Guardian. He is the author of An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church’s Strangest Relic in Italy’s Oddest Town. You can find him online at and

For centuries, Jesus’ foreskin has been counterfeited, stolen, and banished by the Vatican. David Farley searches for it in the remote Italian town where it’s still worshipped every January 1st.