Monday, June 29, 2009

Archaeological Evidence Continues to Point Towards Catholicism II: Relics of Saint Paul

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Pope Benedict XVI has allowed scientific research to confirm the age of the relics below Saint Peter's of Saint Paul. The tomb placed underneath the epigraph "Paulo Apostolo Mart" (meaning "Paul the Apostle and Martyr") has now been dated by science to the first century giving us more evidence as to the authenticity of the relic. We know that Christians have venerated the martyr's and Saint's relics since the earliest Christian churches were established. This is yet another example of a relic that has been in place since before the time of Constantine. Constantine built the original Saint Peter's as a pilgrimage site for Christians to come and venerate the relics of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The complete article is here. I know it must be hard for anti-Catholics around the world to continuously see historical finds like this confirm Catholicism. As Saint John Henry Newman once said, “To be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant,”.

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