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PETER Never Was Buried in Rome but in Jerusalem and so was not the first pope in Rome
Bagatti found Christian ossuaries (coffins for holding the bones of the dead after they are left for a suitable time to decay) near the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem in a catacomb. Christian symbols were on them and even the name of Jesus. The name Sapphira which is only known to us from the New Testament was found.
An ossuary with an Aramaic inscription reads, Shimon bar Yonah - the name of Peter. His real name.
A monk called Paul Peterson testified that Bagatti told the Pope, Pius XII, who asked that the matter be kept quiet.
The ossuary proves Peter died in Jerusalem.
The evidence that he was buried in the Vatican is terrible.
A pagan shrine called an Aedicule was found. Bones thought to be Peter's were found there. But the bones were planted as they were not there when Padre Ferrua excavated from 1939 to 1951. They appeared as soon as the Padre confessed there was no sign of Peter's bones.
Margherita Gaurducci found an inscription saying Peter is within. It was not seen by the previous team so its authenticity is questionable. Plus she was hired by the Pope in his desperation to find evidence of Peter. She was under pressure to deliver.
A set of bones which again seem to have been planted for they were not found in Ferrua's archaeological effort were found to be the bones of a sixty to seventy year old man - possibly Peter. Their being overlooked was conveniently explained as being down to them having been taken away unknown to the team. The bones were not planted at the scene but in a box in a storeroom. There are no witnesses at all that they really came from the Peter is within site.
Peter ministered at Jerusalem and was buried there.
“No one working from the first-century evidence alone can fail to be struck by the disparity between the unanimous teaching of the church, both East and West, and the lack of any ‘strictly historic proof’ that Peter was ever in Rome.”
—Markus Bockmuehl, “Peter's Death in Rome? Back to Front and Upside Down,”
with a reference to F.J. Foakes-Jackson, Peter: Prince of Apostles (1927)
“In the middle of the second century ce at the latest, . . . Christians identified a simple grave in the Vatican necropolis as the Apostle Peter’s burial place. This is all that can be said in a scientifically responsible way about the history of this tomb prior to 160 ce.”
—Peter Lampe, “Early Christians in the City of Rome,” in Christians as a Religious Minority in a Multicultural City
“Ever since the excavations under St Peter’s Cathedral started in the 1940s and culminated in the official announcement of Pope Pius XII in 1953 that the true remains of St Peter had been found, many scholars have remained skeptical about the significance of the discoveries. Even the strongest proponents of the authenticity of the discovery cannot deny that little if anything about the earliest graves shows any clear Christian character. The first and second century CE graves very much resemble contemporaneous simple interments of common people from the neighbouring quarters of Rome.”- Jürgen Zangenberg, European Association for Biblical Studies, Rome, 2001
Gli Scavi del Dominus Flevit
Jerusalem Burial Cave Reveals: Names, Testimonies of First Christians by Jean Gilman.
Dominus Flevit at ChristusRex.
A Typical Tomb Near Dominus Flevit at Holy Land Photos.
The Discovery of the Tombs of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus by Grant Jeffrey
Also of note:
According to the venerable Bede's (673-735 A.D.) Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation, Book III, chapter XXIX, the bones (relics) of Peter and Paul were shipped by Vitalian, bishop of Rome, to Oswy, king of the Saxons in 665 A.D. The librarian at Canterbury Cathedral has apparently confirmed that church inventories do record the arrival of the remains of Peter and Paul into the church's safekeeping, shortly after Pope Vitalian sent them to Britain. Unfortunately though, the remains were apparently lost, or record of their location was lost, probably in the aftermath of the Cromwellian Rebellion of the mid 17th century. (see this page).