Pope: Basilica bones belong to apostle St. Paul
Scientific tests prove bones housed in the Basilica of St. Paul in Rome are those of the apostle St. Paul himself, according to Pope Benedict XVI.
The tomb also holds "traces of a precious linen cloth, purple in color and laminated with pure gold, and a blue colored textile with linen filaments," the pope said.
The tests were carried out by inserting a probe into a small opening in the sarcophagus, "which had not been opened for many centuries," the pontiff said. The probe "also revealed the presence of grains of red incense and traces of protein and limestone."
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Jaakko Juhani Wallenius - 7/1/2009
"Scientific tests prove bones housed in the Basilica of St. Paul in Rome are those of the apostle St. Paul himself, according to Pope Benedict XVI."
What a silly joke! Only thing scientific tests can prove is that the bones are the same time period in whic St. Paul lived.
Nobody can say for sure if they were bones of a certain individual, as we have no real means of verifying the indentity on personal levet of bones over 2000 yaers old.
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