Tradition has always held that St. Peter was buried directly below the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. For centuries, people went on pilgrimages there to venerate the relics of the Saint, even though no one knew for certain that he was actually buried there.
Then, during World War II, Vatican workers excavating below the basilica came upon an amazing discovery: a Necropolis, or underground city, dating back to the First Century. After more excavations, a box in a wall with graffiti identifying St. Peter was found, directly underneath the main altar. Now, for the first time ever — in the whole history of the Church — the bones will be publicly displayed for veneration inside the basilica to close the Year of Faith.
I’ve had the privilege to go on one of the Scavi tours, and so I’ve seen the Necropolis, and the bones of St. Peter. A life-changing experience.