Updated: Jan 5
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"The first of Jesus' apostles, guardian of the gates of Paradise, founder of the Christian Church, the first pope in history… Peter is a key figure of the Christian religion. Yet, there remain many unsolved questions regarding his incredible life. How did he really die? Where was he buried? Why did this Saint have such an important place in the life of Jesus of Nazareth and the powers he was said to have? Today, there's an interesting twist to the mysteries that surround Saint Peter. Two large archaeological sites in Rome and Israel have unearthed unexpected discoveries, shaking up Christianity's long-held beliefs. Based on recent excavations and ongoing research, this documentary shows us the latest findings on Saint Peter and his place of burial. Enough to overturn the legends and mysteries that surround the Prince of the Apostles." from video introduction
Where Are St Peter’s Bones? Not in St Peter’s Basilica, New Study Reveals!
Saint Peter, born a Jewish man, was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. He is also historically recognized as the first Pope in Christianity. In Catholic legends, he is seen as the first recipient of the keys to the gates of the Kingdom of Heaven. Under Emperor Nero, at a time when the Christian faith was under persecution from the pagan Roman state, St. Peter was sentenced to death by crucifixion at Vatican Hill.
Tradition states that the Basilica of St. Peter, a stunning church built in Renaissance-style architecture in the 16th and 17th centuries, within Vatican City, is the resting place of St Peter’s final remains. The basilica was designed by Donato and Michelangelo, amongst others, and is the largest church in the world (interior measurement) and the holiest of Christian shrines. Three Italian researchers now “have expressed doubt as to whether the bones of St. Peter actually lie beneath the Roman Basilica named in his honor,” according to Aleteia.
St. Peter’s Remains May Lie Under the St. Helena Mausoleum
The research into the true location of St. Peter’s remains , led by Liberato de Caro of the National Research Council of Italy, was published in the Heritage journal in March 2021. The researchers made this claim after studying the Depositio Martyrum , a document published during the reign of Emperor Constantine (306-337 AD). This important document does not mention St. Peter’s purported resting place under the Basilica on Vatican Hill.." from the article: Where Are St Peter’s Bones? Not in St Peter’s Basilica, New Study Reveals!