Sunday 24 September 2017

'St Peter's bones' found in Rome

Bones said to be St Peter’s have been found by chance in a church in Rome during restoration work, nearly 2,000 years after the apostle’s death. Stock photo: PA
Bones said to be St Peter’s have been found by chance in a church in Rome during restoration work, nearly 2,000 years after the apostle’s death. Stock photo: PA

Nick Squires

Bones said to be St Peter's have been found by chance in a church in Rome during restoration work, nearly 2,000 years after the apostle's death.

The apparent relics of the saint - 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, on the banks of the Tiber river.

The bones were discovered when a worker lifted a marble slab near the medieval altar of the church, which has been closed to the public for 35 years, and came across two Roman-era pots with inscriptions on their lids. The remains have been handed to the Vatican for further study.

"A DNA comparison between these bones and those kept by the Vatican would shed light on the issue," Massimiliano Floridi, the deacon of the church, said.

Irish Independent

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