- Aug 3, 2020
Pope Francis said giving fragments of St. Peter’s bones to the head of the church founded by Peter’s brother, St. Andrew, was meant to be a reminder and encouragement of the journey toward Christian unity.
In what Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople described as a “brave and bold” gesture, Pope Francis gave the patriarch a famous reliquary containing bone fragments believed to belong to St. Peter.
In a private Mass for his seminarians, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington told them to have faith in Christ and the Church in times of confusion.
The largely unknown story of the American involvement behind the search to find the bones of St. Peter.
Halloween in the United States may be all about candy and scary costumes, but for Italians the dead are no joke. Crux traces back to an ancient curse, buried beneath the walls and ruins of the Vatican in the crypt of St. Peter’s, where a series of unexpected deaths spooked popes and the entire city of Rome for centuries.