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Vatican to display St. Peter's relics at final Mass of Year of Faith

VATICAN CITY  --For the first time, bones traditionally believed to be relics of St. Peter the Apostle will be displayed for public veneration in St. Peter's Square Nov. 24, at a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis to conclude the Year of Faith.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, made the announcement at a Vatican news conference Nov. 18.

The bones, which were discovered during excavations of the necropolis under St. Peter's Basilica in the 1940s, have been displayed in the pope's private chapel but never in public.

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