I'll start with the discovery of the Tomb of St. Paul. This morning in the Holy See Press Office, Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, archpriest of the papal basilica of St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls, and Professor Ulderico Santamaria, director of the scientific laboratory of the Vatican Museums, hosted a presentation on the sarcophagus of St. Paul.
The following is the VPS report which was just released:
" Cardinal Cordero explained how two years ago he had suggested to the
Pope that the tomb of St. Paul be subject to a scientific examination. Benedict
XVI accepted the proposal but ordered that the outcome only be announced at the
end of the Pauline Year. Hence it was necessary to keep the results secret until
Professor Santamaria dwelt on the technical aspects of the
survey, explaining how a small hole was made in the sarcophagus through which a
probe was then introduced. Fragments of blue linen, purple linen interwoven with
gold thread, grains of red incense and bone fragments were discovered. Carbon
dating on organic elements from these finds suggest that they belong to a person
who lived in the first or second centuries. "This", the Pope said on 28 June
during the closing ceremony for the Pauline Year, "seems to confirm the
unanimous and uncontested tradition that these are the mortal remains of the
Apostle Paul, and it fills our heart with profound emotion".
The cardinal also explained how the Pope does not exclude the
possibility of undertaking a more detailed examination of the sarcophagus of St.
Paul. However, he went on, the Holy Father did not wish this to take place
during the Pauline Year because, in order to open the sarcophagus, it would be
necessary to dismantle the papal altar and the thirteenth-century baldachin by
Arnolfo di Cambio which, he concluded, would be a difficult and delicate
Here is a link to a National Geographic news article: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/12/061211-saint-paul_2.html
So, more truth to come...