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Pope puts St. Peter relics on display

At a Mass in St. Peter's Square on Sunday to mark the end of the "Year of Faith," Pope Francis displayed publicly for the first time the relics believed to be of St. Peter the Apostle.

By JC Finley
Pope Francis waves from the papamobile as he arrives for his inauguration mass at the Vatican at St Peter's Square on March 19, 2013. (UPI/Stefano Spaziani)
Pope Francis waves from the papamobile as he arrives for his inauguration mass at the Vatican at St Peter's Square on March 19, 2013. (UPI/Stefano Spaziani) | License Photo

Nov. 25 (UPI)-- Pope Francis displayed the relics believed to be of St. Peter, Apostle and founder of the Catholic Church, to the public for the first time during a Mass in St. Peter's Square on Sunday.

The Mass marked the end of the Catholic "Year of Faith" celebration. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization spoke about the relics' importance during the Year of Faith, saying "The culminating sign" of the year "will be the exposition for the first time of the relics traditionally recognized as those of the apostle who gave his life for the Lord here."

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The relics were discovered during an archeological dig in 1939. Pope Paul VI declared in 1968 that the relics had been identified "in a manner which we believe convincing." They had been housed in a private chapel in the Pope's Vatican apartments prior to their public unveiling.

[Catholic News Service] [CNN]

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