Skip to comments.Bones attributed to St Peter found by chance in 1,000-year-old church in Rome
Posted on 09/13/2017 4:29:01 PM PDT by rwa265
Bones attributed to St. Peter have been found by chance in a church in Rome during routine restoration work, 2,000 years after the apostles death.
The relics of the saint, who is regarded as the first Pope, were found in clay pots in the 1,000-year-old Church of Santa Maria in Cappella in the district of Trastevere, a medieval warren of cobbled lanes on the banks of the Tiber River.
The bones were discovered when a worker lifted up a large marble slab near the medieval altar of the church, which has been closed to the public for 35 years because of structural problems.
He came across two Roman-era pots with inscriptions on their lids indicating that inside were not only bone fragments from St Peter but also three early popes Cornelius, Callixtus and Felix as well as four early Christian martyrs.
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Those are awful big pots to have bones from all those people......
Amazing if true.
The Fisherman himself. Amazing
I think the Catholic church divided up the “relics” they had into parcels and scattered them among the churches for worship and safekeeping. The article suggests that there are bone fragments from a variety of people in the jars.
Just a thought. The 6 clay jars or pots, containing water, which Jesus changed into wine, were said to be 20 gallons each.
So if they are St. Peter’s bones, where were they I wonder the 1,000 years before the church was built?
Whose bones are under the basilica that they walk you by during the Scavi Tour?
Without calling into question the truth or error of this report, I was under the impression that the remains of St Peter were known to be buried under the Basilica (that is, under the location of the original church, itself either a consecrated ex-Roman temple or built on the remains thereof) behind a stone marked “here is Peter” in Latin.
From the sticks: bone *fragments*.
From the article: bone *fragments*.
Auto-correct is killing me.
The article says the DNA of these bones will be analyzed and compared with the bones found under St. Peter’s Basilica with the inscription “ENI PETRUS” (This is Peter.)
It wouldn’t prove it was Peter, but it would prove both locations had bones from the same man. This would be as expected if they were venerated as holy relics...they would have been divided up and placed in or under the altar stones at several locations for veneration and safekeeping.
Dem Dry Bones...
I read a book years ago, THE BONES OF ST PETER in which they were found under the Vatican in a tomb labeled “Petro es ini”
The skeleton found had no foot bones as if someone had quickly cut them off when taking him down from being crucified upside down.
Are these the foot bones?
I don’t mean to sound disrespectful to Catholics, but I never “got” the relic thing.
And they have a piece of cloth worn by the Virgin Mary. I would love to get the provenance on that.
That makes sense. Will be interesting to see what is discovered. I will be watching for that result.
Just go to Chartres. The veil that Our Lady wore at the Annunciation, when God the Word became man is on display 24/7. At least what is left of it after the French Revolutionaries cut and burned most of it.
Or you could go to Notre Dame and venerate the Crown of Thorns.
It’s surprising how many people DO want relics of celebrities, the “beautiful people,’ the rich and famous and studly and sexy or even just the notorious.
In fact one of the reasons the Church goes to some lengths to authenticate relics, is to prevent the “folk canonization” of people like Eva Peron, Che Guevara, Princess Diana, and Elvis.