(Lifezette) In “The Fisherman’s Tomb,” former Supreme Court clerk John O’Neill tells the intriguing story of the discovery of the relics (bones) of the biblical Peter –– beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, on Vatican Hill in Rome, Italy.
St. Peter is a central figure in both the New Testament and in early Christianity. Jesus gave the keys of the Kingdom to St. Peter — and in Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church.”
From earliest times, Christian tradition held that St. Peter was executed in Rome by Emperor Nero and buried on Vatican Hill. However, until Pope Pius XII’s secret archaeological expedition — detailed in “The Fisherman’s Tomb” — the exact whereabouts of St. Peter’s remains were unknown.
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