Kresta in the Afternoon – March 7, 2014 – Hour 1

+  St. Peter's Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found . . . and Then Lost and Found Again

  • Description: In this fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world's first pope, none other than Peter, the chief apostle of Jesus, Thomas Craughwell takes us on one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the twentieth century. In 1448 a team of architects and engineers brought Pope Nicholas V unhappy news: the 1,100-year-old Basilica of St. Peter suffered from so many structural defects that it was beyond repair. The only solution was to pull down the old church--one of the most venerable churches in all of Christiandom--and erect a new basilica on the site. Incredibly, one of the tombs the builders paved over was the resting place of St. Peter. Then in 1939, while reconstructing the grottoes below St. Peter's Basilica, a workman's shovel struck not dirt or rock but open air. After inspecting what could be seen through the hole they'd made in the mausoleum's roof, Pope Pius XII secretly authorized a full-scale excavation. What lay beneath? The answer and the adventure await. We talk to Tom about this fascinating story.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Thomas Craughwell
      After four years in a doctoral program studying medieval English literature, three years as a copywriter for Book-of-the-Month Club, and one year as a marketing director for a pricey, upscale travel company, I went into business for myself as a full-time writer in 1992. (Yeah. I can't believe the business has stayed afloat this long either).
    • Resources:
      • Book(s):
        • St. Peter's Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found . . . and Then Lost and Found Again
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+  St. Peter's Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found . . . and Then Lost and Found Again (continued)

+  St. Peter's Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found . . . and Then Lost and Found Again (continued)

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