Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Friday 02 June |
Saint of the Day: Sts Marcellinus and Peter
Aleteia logo
separateurCreated with Sketch.

Relics of St. Peter are thought to be found in Roman church


La Stampa | Vatican Insider

Zelda Caldwell - published on 09/04/17

Archaeologists will compare remains to those in St. Peter's Basilica to confirm they belonged to the first pope.

What can God do in your life with one Bible verse a day?
Subscribe to Aleteia's new service and bring Scripture into your morning:
Just one verse each day.
Click to bring God's word to your inbox

Relics thought to belong to St. Peter have been found in the Roman church of Santa Maria in Cappella, located in the Trastavere district, according to a report by the Vatican Insider.

Whether the remains did indeed belong to the first pope will be determined following further study by archaeologists.

Clues to the box’s contents were found at the church’s entrance, on an engraved stone plaque that listed the relics contained within. According to inscriptions on the plaque, the relics belong to St. Peter, and also Popes Cornelius (250-253) and Calixtus (217-222), as well as the martyrs Hyppolite, Anastase, Melix and Marmenia. The plaque also mentions a fragment of the Virgin Mary’s clothing that was not found in the altar.

The relics were discovered by a worker who was moving the marble slab altar in the church, which was founded in 1090, and has been closed due to structural problems since 1982. In a cavity just below the floor he found the leaded reliquary box which contained two small ceramic pots with lids inscribed with the names of the saints.

All the relics were transferred to the Vicariate of Rome while still sealed. Those attributed to the first pope will soon be compared with those contained in the tomb of St. Peter’s Basilica.

ArchaeologyChurch History
Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.