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Is Jesus Mentioned by Pliny the Younger?

It is believed that Pliny the Younger (Caius Plinius Caecilius Secundus - c.61 AD - c.112 AD) mentioned Jesus Christ when he was Governor of Bithynia. His correspondence in 106 AD with the emperor Trajan included a report on proceedings against Christians. In an extended explanation to his supervisor, Pliny explained that he forced Christians to curse Christ, which a genuine Christian cannot be induced to do.
Is this a genuine reference, or are there doubts about its veracity? Although a few critics in the previous centuries claimed otherwise, there is really no doubt about the genuineness of this reference.
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