Ex­hibit of St. Peter relics re­vives authen­tic­ity de­bate

The Washington Times Daily - - World - From wire dis­patches and staff re­ports

The Vat­i­can’s de­ci­sion to ex­hibit the pur­ported relics of the Apos­tle Peter for the first time this weekend has spot­lighted the in­tense sci­en­tific de­bate over whether the bones be­long to the first bishop of Rome.

No pope has ever defini­tively de­clared the bones to be Peter’s, though Pope Paul VI in 1968 said frag­ments found in the ne­crop­o­lis un­der St. Peter’s Basil­ica were “iden­ti­fied in a way that we can con­sider con­vinc­ing.” Some Vat­i­can ar­chae­ol­o­gists dis­agreed, and de­bate con­tin­ues to­day.

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