Even the toes, rubbed by thousands of pilgrims, point to devotion to the Vicar of Christ.
St. Peter. Yes, his bones lie beneath the high altar in the Roman basilica named for him. Yes, the Successor of St. Peter, the pope, lives in Rome. But Simon Peter was originally a fisherman from Galilee.
It’s appropriate, therefore, that he is memorialized in the Holy Land, and the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has seen to it. In the Co-Cathedral of the Latin Patriarchate there is a perfectly faithful copy of the bronze statue of “St. Peter in Cathedra,” which is familiar to anyone who has been to St. Peter’s in Rome.
The statue depicts St. Peter seated on his chair, with the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven in one hand and giving a blessing with the other. The statue in Rome was probably sculpted by Arnolfo di Cambio in the 13th century. The copy in Jerusalem is faithful to the original, down to the toes.