Papal Tombs: List of Extant Papal Tombs, Papal Tombs in Old St. Peters Basilica, Funeral of Pope John Paul II, Tomb of Antipope John XXIII by Source WikipediaPlease note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 31. Chapters: List of extant papal tombs, Papal tombs in Old St. Peters Basilica, Funeral of Pope John Paul II, Tomb of Antipope John XXIII, Catacombs of Rome, Saint Peters tomb, List of tombs of antipopes, List of non-extant papal tombs, Catacomb of Callixtus, Moses, Catacomb of Priscilla, Catacomb of Calepodius, Catacomb of Pontian. Excerpt: A pope is the Bishop of Rome and the leader of the Catholic Church. Approximately 100 papal tombs are at least partially extant, representing less than half of the 264 deceased popes, from Saint Peter to Pope John Paul II. In the first few centuries in particular, little is known of the popes and their tombs, and available information is often contradictory. As with other religious relics, multiple sites claim to house the same tomb. Furthermore, many papal tombs that recycled sarcophagi and other materials from earlier tombs were later combined with other monuments (for example, the combination of Popes Leo I, II, III, and IV), or were recycled for their valuable materials. The style of papal tombs has evolved considerably throughout history, tracking trends in the development of church monuments. Notable papal tombs have been commissioned from sculptors such as Michelangelo, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Alessandro Algardi. Most extant papal tombs are located in St. Peters Basilica, other major churches of Rome (especially Basilica of St. John Lateran, Santa Maria sopra Minerva and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore), or other Cathedrals and churches of Italy, France, and Germany. Many early tombs are no longer extant due to repeated translations or destruction. This list does not include non-extant papal tombs. Information about these tombs is generally incomplete and uncertain. Locations of destroyed or lost papal tombs include: Other tombs not included in this list are: Papal tombs i...
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The Vatican has publicly unveiled bone fragments purportedly belonging to Saint Peter, reviving the scientific debate and tantalising mystery over whether the relics found in a shoe box truly belong to the first pope. The nine pieces of bone sat nestled like rings in a jewel box inside a bronze display case on the side of the altar during a mass commemorating the end of the Vatican's year-long celebration of the Christian faith. It was the first time they had ever been exhibited in public. Pope Francis prayed before the fragments at the start of Sunday's service and clutched the case in his arms for several minutes after his homily. No pope has ever definitively declared the fragments to belong to the apostle Peter, but Pope Paul VI in said fragments found in the necropolis under St Peter's Basilica were "identified in a way that we can consider convincing".
Underneath St. Peter's Basilica are the Vatican Grottoes. Here are buried dozens of popes, as well as the occasional oddity, such as Queen Christina of Sweden, who abdicated her throne, converted to Catholicism,and lived out her years in Rome. Some of the tombs are ancient, and some very simple. I found it moving especially to see the older tombs and think about how the line of popes has extended through the centuries. There are a number of small chapels here as well. There's also a glimpse through a glass partition into the tomb of St.
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