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The Bones of Saint Peter - The First Full Account of the Discovery of the Apostle's Tomb

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In the year A.D. 68, St. Peter was put to death in Rome as an enemy of the state. Roman law forbade him a proper burial and denied his friends even the right to recover his body, so few souls were able to learn his final resting place.

For centuries, tradition held that to honor and preserve the mortal remains of this true Prince of the Apostles, St. Peter’s Basilica had been built right over St. Peter’s grave.

Not, however, until 1939, did researchers, scholars, and scientists begin sustained, systematic efforts to discover the truth, an archaeological task that spanned 30 years. Carefully studying every known clue while literally unearthing others as they tunneled their way through a tangle of ancient structures beneath the magnificent high altar of St. Peter’s, they slowly unraveled the secrets surrounding the burial of St. Peter.

The Bones of Saint Peter is the engrossing true story of how these determined researchers finally solved the puzzle of St. Peter’s burial and rescued his bodily remains from centuries of oblivion.


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1933184752
9781933184753
256
8 1/2"  (21.5 cm) x 5 1/2"  (13.9 cm) x 0 3/5"  (1.52 cm)
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2011

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St. Peter

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/02


Memorial
    2 June

Profile
    Exorcist in Rome. Noted for his piety. Martyred with Saint Marcellinus in the persecutions of Diocletian. His name is mentioned in the first Eucharistic prayer.

Born
    Roman citizen

Died
    martyred in 304 in the Silva Nigra just outside Rome, Italy
    buried in the Saint Peter and Peter cemetery on the Lavican Road by Lucilla and Firmina
    Constantine built a basilica over their tomb
    relics later taken to Selgenstadt abbey by Einhard, Charlemagne's secretary

Canonized
    Pre-Congregation



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