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St Peters BonesThe only solution was to pull down the old church one of the most venerable churches in Christendom and erect a new basilica on the site Incredibly one of the tombs the builders paved over was the resting place of St PeterThen in while working underground in the Vatican one workman's shovel struck not dirt or rock but open air. For me with a passion for history faith and mystery St Peter’s Bones was almost bound to be a hit It was especially meaningful since I’ve been to Rome a couple times and wandered through much of that city’s history the layers of which are so marvelously visibleAuthor Craughwell uses the bizarre story of the search for St Peter’s bones to give a brief history of St Peter and his basilicaIf you go to Rome be sure to take the daily tour beneath the church where than 90 popes are buried including Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II That level beneath the floor of the present day basilica is called the Vatican Grottoes Before reading St Peter’s Bones by Thomas Craughwell I didn’t understand that there is another level below the grottoes called the necropolis city of the dead It’s there where the bones of St Peter along with a scrap of purple cloth woven with gold thread may have been foundHe leads readers through Catholic history from the Acts of the Apostles through the twentieth century by luring us on with the gripping story of the excavation He covers who St Peter was why it’s thought Peter came to Rome Rome’s deadly fire in AD 64 how St Peter died at the hands of Nero a few steps from the basilica the Emperor Constantine’s conversion and the construction of the first basilica over St Peter’s grave and then the construction of the second basilica during the RenaissanceIt’s a fantastic story While World War II raged all around Pope Pius XII decided to reconstruct the Vatican Grottoes beneath the immense church lowering the grotto floor by two and a half feet and creating what would become a tourist friendly series of crypt chapels instead of what had been a claustrophobic burial chamber That’s where all the pope’s are buried a place of lemony light against whitewashed arches filled with the murmur of tourists and prayerCraughwell never addresses what would possess the pope to begin such a project at such a timeHe does however offer up the story of the bones in just the right order and presents the implausible story in such a way that this reader could just barely believe that someone would lose archeological evidence and sacred relics in the way that the allegedly responsible party did No spoilers here The book’s power is in the way it links the present with the past I’m sure I’d understood that the obelisk out in St Peter’s Suare was associated with Nero’s Circus—where St Peter was crucified—but it never hit me until reading here that the obelisk is a direct link to the martyrdom of the first popeI’d recommend this book to those who are interested in early Christianity and in archeology It simplifies the past for instance not mentioning that the obelisk was moved a few yards during the construction of the present day basilica That might be a benefit since those details can sometimes veil the crucial point The book also lacks illustrations or diagrams Is that a serious issue with internet resources at our fingertips Probably not

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An exciting and fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world's first pope none other than Peter the apostle of JesusIn a team of architects and engineers St Peters PDFEPUB or brought Pope Nicholas V unhappy news the year old Basilica of St Peter suffered from so many structural defects that it was beyond repair. Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for an advanced reading copySt Peter the first among the apostles of Christ is universally acknowledged as the first Pope of the Catholic Church According to tradition he was crucified upside down in Rome and his bones eventually came to rest under the main altar of the Basilica of St Peter's Church in Vatican City This is the story of how bones were first discovered under the altar in the early days of World War II and how various clues have emerged to shed light concerning the bones themselvesare they really the bones of St PeterMr Craughwell has produced a rather short but tightly structured story concerning the early 1940's excavation under the Basilica and later academic study concerning the other evidence found such as graffiti found upon the tomb walls While it can never be conclusively proven that the bones found were those of St Peter it is also true that there is no conclusive evidence to stay they are not I found the sections describing the study of the first century tomb graffiti to be uite interesting as well as the misplacement of the actual bones for over a decade The story documented the study of the tomb and its contents as well as historical background data provided to help understand the early beginnings of the Catholic Church Overall a uick but very interesting read and would recommend to anyone with interest in the history of the early Christian church

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Review É St Peters Bones Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Á ➺ [Reading] ➼ St Peters Bones By Thomas J. Craughwell ➯ – An exciting and fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world's first pope none other than Peter the apostle of JesusIThe diggers shone a flashlight through the opening and saw a portion of an ancient Christian mausoleum An archaeologist was summoned at once and after inspecting what could be seen through the hole the diggers had made in the mausoleum's roof he authorized a full scale excavation What lay beneath The answer and the adventure awa. Short retelling of the events leading up to and after the discovery of the bones of St Peter and the controversy surrounding this saga