Who’s Buried in Paul’s Tomb?

According to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, it’s Paul!  Scientific testing has dated the human remains buried beneath the altar of the Basilica Papale di San Paolo fuori le Mura (in English, the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls) to the first or second century, leading Benedict to proclaim that “[t]his seems to confirm the unanimous and undisputed tradition that these are the mortal remains of the Apostle St. Paul.”  The pope also announced the discovery of an image of the apostle within the St. Tecla Catacomb which may be the earliest such image ever found (dating to the fourth century; see below).

Check out the complete story of the papal announcement here, and Claude Mariottini’s brief but insightful post on the newly discovered Pauline portrait here.



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