ASSOCIATED PRESS, Dec. 6 — Vatican archaeologists
have unearthed a sarcophagus believed to contain the remains of the Apostle
Paul that had been buried beneath
The sarcophagus, which dates back to at least 390 A.D., has been the subject of an extended excavation that began in 2002 and was completed last month, the project’s head said.
“Our objective was to bring the remains of the tomb back to light for devotional reasons, so that it could be venerated and be visible,” said Giorgio Filippi, the Vatican archaeologist who headed the project at St. Paul Outside the Walls basilica.
The interior of the sarcophagus has not yet been explored, but Filippi didn’t rule out the possibility of doing so in the future.
SPERO NEWS, Dec. 5 — The Patriarchate of
Moscow has described the recent journey of Benedict XVI to
Chaplin, deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church
relations, said: “The visit of the Pope to
In an interview with the Russian press, Chaplin said that despite the actions of some extremists, the majority of Turkish Muslims and their spiritual leaders viewed the Pope’s visit favorably. He dwelt on the significance of the meeting between Benedict XVI and Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, “one of the few but one of the most famous and historically important Orthodox Churches.”
As for the joint declaration
signed Nov. 30 between the two religious leaders, the archpriest said the
document contains “many correct thoughts about the development of the dialogue
and cooperation between Orthodox and Catholic Christians.” He added: “I hope
they will be specified in the process of relations between the
Benedict and Bartholomew to Meet Next Year?
ASIANEWS, Dec. 4 — Pope Benedict XVI and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I are examining the possibility of opening together the next round of the Joint Theological Commission to show their shared desire to pursue the path of full communion, according to AsiaNews.
According to sources from the
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the meeting should take place in
the three meetings between the Pope and the Patriarch in