World Languages and Cultures
The purpose of this short research article is to bring to light a fact that very few people know: that the supposed bones of St. Peter that lie at the bottom of St. Peter’s basilica were found as a result of Pope Pius XII purposefully and secretly organizing an excavation below the church during the difficult and dangerous years of World War II. It is also the intention of this article to emphasize the antagonistic forces inside the Vatican surrounding this amazing finding, as well as to describe the long and controversial process of finding and identifying the bones of the apostle on which the Catholic Church is founded.
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