Vatican Publicly Reveals Bone Fragments Believed to be St. Peter’s

The relics were displayed for the first time at mass Sunday

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Pope Francis celebrates a mass for the end of the Year of Faith, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 24.

Bone fragments said to belong to St. Peter, the first pope, and previously exhibited solely for the pope were on public display for the first time at a Vatican mass Sunday.

Pope Francis prayed before the bones, which were revealed in a bronze case near the alter at a mass celebrating the end of the Year of Faith in St. Peter’s Square, the Associated Press reports.

The remains were discovered in a monument unearthed during an excavation of St. Peter’s Basilica after the death Pope Pius XI in 1939. The divisive relics have long been a source of debate, with some archeologists and theologians vehemently denying their legitimacy.

[AP]

5 comments
ericrun
ericrun

The word is altar, not alter.

jackco
jackco

Why is Time using a headline that states these are St. Peter's bones, instead of saying "some people believe"?

PhillyCannabis
PhillyCannabis

Look at these silly idiots and their fancy dresses. It's 2013, why are people listening to men in clown outfits?????

MacFrite
MacFrite

and what purpose does displaying his remains serve (regardless who they are)? We should respect the dead and leave them in peace

IceToes
IceToes

On later analysis, the bones were found to not be those of St. Peter, but the remnants of his final bucket of fried chicken...