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Many of the churches in and around Rome have long standing
traditions regarding the relics of their patrons. None is more well-known than
the belief…legend…myth(?) that St. Peter himself was buried beneath the main
altar of St Peter’s Basilica. But is
such a claim possible, or even plausible? The current structure is not the
original. The St Peter’s we known today was built in the 15th
Century to replace one constructed 1,100 years earlier by the Emperor Constantine.
Thomas Craughwell traces the history of St. Peter’s from its
original construction until 1939 when Pope Pius XII authorized a secret
excavation into the depths below the altar during some reconstruction work. The
reputation of a lot of people, some living, but many dead, hung in the balance
as the Vatican’s team began their descent into the past. After interminable
false starts, blind leads and frenzied piques of professional bickering, it’s comforting
to know they finally found St. Peter right where everyone always said he
was…directly beneath the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. A very enjoyable read.
E. G. Lewis
To purchase St Peter’s Bones at Amazon, click HERE.
Paperback: 144 pages
(January 14, 2014)
publisher provided us with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.