Tuesday, December 12, 2006

St. Paul's Tomb

I think this is so cool. Finding St. Paul's actual tomb. That fact seems so substantial in verifying the early church. St. Paul, the apostle to the gentiles.

I wonder if at some time in the future if the Vatican decides to open the tomb, they find the beheaded remains of this precious saint. I wonder what the inpact this would be to the world.

I'm being a little hopeful here and a bit optomistic about the impact...I know

CNA reports:
Offering a press conference at the Vatican yesterday the Archpriest of St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls, Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, archeologist, Giorgio Filippi, and basilica official, Pier Carlo Visconti, revealed the results of an ongoing archeological undertaking at the famous basilica. Filippi said that archeological investigations which have taken place over the last four years uncovered the apse of the original basilica built by the Emperor Constantine in the early part of the fourth century. “On the floor of this building, under the papal altar,” he said, “we found that great sarcophagus of which all trace had been lost, considered since the time of Theodosius to be the tomb of St. Paul.”

CWN reports:

Rome, Dec. 6, 2006 (CWNews.com) - An Italian archeologist has uncovered the tomb of St. Paul, underneath the altar of the Roman basilica of St. Paul-outside-the-Walls.

Archeologist Giorgio Filippi confirmed that his team has completed excavations around the altar of the ancient basilica, discovering the sarcophagus located there.

St. Paul-outside-the-Walls was built in 390, on the site of St. Paul’s tomb. The sarcophagus was visible until the 19th century, when the basilica was destroyed by fire and rebuilt, with the new altar on top of the site where the old crypt was located. In 2002, the Vatican authorized an archeological dig to recover the tomb of St. Paul and make it available to the public for veneration.


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