More bones of St. Peter found! Clue suggests relic of Our Lady is nearby too!
Workers have uncovered lost bone fragments of St. Peter under a slab of marble in a medieval church in Rome. The bone fragments had been buried at the Church and their location forgotten over the past 1,000 years.
Inscriptions on the lid reveal the bones inside belong to Peter and three other popes.
LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- Workers renovating the Church of Santa Maria in Cappella, in Rome have uncovered two clay pots containing bone fragments from St. Peter and seven other early members of the Church.
When the Church of Santa Maria was built a thousand years ago, a pair of pots containing relics of St. Peter, three early popes, and four martyrs were transferred there from the Vatican. The pots were buried under the marble floor of the church and an inscription was etched into stone at the
church, to remind future people that the bones of these saints were present.
Over time, the location of the relics was forgotten.
Recently, workers renovating the church lifted a marble slab behind the altar and discovered the pair of jars. On their lids was written the names, "Peter, Felix, Callixtus, Cornelius." These are the names of early popes.
The bones of the two popes were mixed with the bones of four martyrs and divided between the two pots.
The fragments have since been sent to the Vatican for forensic analysis, but it is too soon to know any results.
It is traditional for every Catholic church to house the relics of a saint or martyr somewhere, usually in an altar, or underneath an altar.
It is thought that the relics of St. Peter ended up in the church of Santa Maria because Pope Urban II faced a challenge from an anti-pope, Clement III in 1090 AD, when the church was consecrated. Pope Urban probably wanted to keep the relics safe, and had them transferred to a location away from the Vatican.
Bone fragments from the jars have been sent for study at the Vatican.
There remains one mystery to solve, now that the relics of St. Peter have been found.
The stone inscription also claims a scrap of cloth cut from a dress worn by the Virgin Mary is also located at the church. So far, nothing has been found, but if the inscription was correct about St. Peter then...
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