Pope Francis Displays Peter’s Bones at Closing Mass of the Year of Faith

Pope Francis Displays Peter’s Bones at Closing Mass of the Year of Faith November 24, 2013


Pope Francis displayed St Peter’s bones at the closing mass of the Year of Faith.

These pitiful shards of bone are all that’s left of the earthly body of St Peter. But the Church which Christ built on his efforts is vast and growing.

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5 responses to “Pope Francis Displays Peter’s Bones at Closing Mass of the Year of Faith”

  1. Just an honest question—how does anyone really know that the shards of bone are actually those of Peter?

  2. It is actually a pretty interesting story. From independent reports,the Romans and Christians in the first century agreed on where St Peter was killed and where he was buried, on Vatican Hill. The Christians, traditionally, celebrated at the necropolis, anniversaries such as the commemoration of his death with picnic meals at the spot while the Romans avoided such locations. The sarcophagus has 3 chambers. In the ’30’s and 40’s there was an archaeological study of the remains in the tomb which had been known. It was inscribed in Latin, “Here Lies Peter.” Inside were found some animal bones. But there was another chamber with bones, but unmarked. One of the investigators noticed that under the inscription was a line like an arrow indicating the chamber on the side. Those remains are consistent with tradition. There is a book about it called “The Bones of St Peter.”

  3. What a great way to close the Year of Faith!

    I once had a strong epiphany of faith at the tomb of St Peter, which I could not even begin to summarize. But I can say this: ever since, the Creed is always a powerful and meaningful prayer for me. This gesture from the Pope means a lot to me, personally.

    Thanks for your post, Rebecca.

  4. That was a very moving sermon, and found the relics fascinating. I don’t care for traveling much any more, but i would love to go to Rome for an extended period of time.

  5. Would someone in the scientific world have done a “dating” technique on them to judge age? One reads that there were those folks over thousands of years that “sold” relics claiming they were those of various religious men and women, as well as those that claimed to have pieces of the cross that Jesus was crucified on. Guess it is known where Peter was crucified, so a church could be built on that location. Since I assume there is no verification that they are or aren’t his bones, one can assume they are. 🙂