On November 18, 2013, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, announced that the urn, supposedly containing the bones of St. Peter will be put on display on November 24 for public veneration in St. Peter’s Square. The urn is kept inside the Apostolic Palace for private veneration by popes.
Pope Francis, the kosher Pope, will lead the Mass that Sunday at the St. Peter’s Suare. Archbishop Fisichella said an urn containing the bones would be carried into the square in a procession.
The controversial bones, which were discovered during excavations of the necropolis under St. Peter’s Basilica in the 1940s, have been displayed in the pope’s private chapel but never in public.
No pope has ever declared the bones to be authentic. However, after scientific tests were conducted on the bones in the 1950s and ’60s, Pope Paul VI said in 1968 that the “relics” of St. Peter had been “identified in a way which we can hold to be convincing.”
The general public can visit the tomb of St. Peter in the necropolis under the basilica, where Francis prayed in the weeks after he became pope, the first pontiff to visit the tomb.
I bet my Canadian Looney that the bones are as much fake as the ‘Chair of St. Peter’. The Holy Chair was probably stolen from one of the mosques in Spain by the Crusaders – as its “decoration”, even today, are Verses from Holy Qur’an.
Peter (Simon Bar-Jona) was one of prophet Jesus’ (as) 11 Apostles. It’s Peter who called Jesus “Son of God” for the first time (Mt 16:13-20). According to Catholic News Agency (February 22, 2013), “Peter denied knowing Jesus three times after Christ’s arrest”. He preached Jesus’ message in Jerusalem, Judaea, and as far north as Syria. Peter was arrested in Jerusalem under Herod Agrippa I, but escaped execution. He left Jerusalem and eventually went to Rome, where he preached during the last portion of his life. He was executed in Rome in 64 AC. His remains now rest beneath the altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
The Catholic Church, established over the teachings of St. Paul (Rabbi Saul), considers St. Peter as the first Bishop of Rome. However, Peter, while in Jerusalem, never trusted Paul. Barnabas, sided with Peter. Paul in fact never met Jesus in person.
“The Roman Catholic Church, pagan in doctrine and philosophy, was strongly influenced by Greek mythology, which Paul had found extremely fertile ground on his journeys, recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. Paul himself was born in Grecian Tarsus, in Celicia. God, gods and goddesses on earth, were not strange, or fanciful, to the Roman and Greek psyche. Even today, not far from Celicia, in modern Turkey, are to be found huge stone statues of Greek gods, Zeus among them,” Farouk Hosein in ‘Book of the Millennium’. Farouk, a political scientist, researcher and author, was born in Trinidad. He was educated in Trinidad, England and Canada.