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IWKnights Corner (Bulletin Insert) For December 8, 2019

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The sarcophagus that is believed to hold the remains of St. Paul is seen through an opening in front of the basilica’s main altar. CNS photo/Paul Haring.

The Eternal City is the resting place of the two greatest apostles!

Though often bypassed by tourists visiting Rome in a rush, some four miles from St. Peter’s Basilica is the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, which contains the remains of the second apostle who was martyred and buried in the Eternal City — St. Paul.

The current basilica, considered one of Rome’s most beautiful churches, was completed in 1840. It stands on the site of previous basilicas dating back to the early 4th century, built over what was said to be the burial place of the apostle.

Paul’s tomb lies in the basilica’s crypt under a marble tombstone bearing the Latin inscription Paulo Apostolo Mart., 'to Paul the apostle and martyr.' Though tradition located his remains under the main altar, it wasn’t until 2002 that the Vatican ordered an excavation to make the tomb visible for the pilgrims who visit.

Joseph MacNeill, a seminarian at the Pontifical North American College studying for the Archdiocese of Hartford, serves as a guide to English-speaking pilgrims.

'I always say they should go to St. Paul because, if not, you’re missing something,'said MacNeill. 'It’s St. Peter and St. Paul. You have to have them both together. Rome was consecrated to the blood of the two apostles.'

The liturgical calendar reflects this unity in the saints’ shared feast, June 29, noted MacNeill.

An alumnus of the College of the Holy Cross and a member of Crusader Council 2706 in Worcester, Mass., MacNeill is grateful for the opportunity to welcome pilgrims not only from all over the United States, but from all over the world.

'It allows me to experience the universality of the Church,' MacNeill said. 'I encounter people from China, Russia, many African countries — and that, I believe, will eventually make me a better priest.'" — Reported by Inés San Martín/Columbia magazine.

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THOUGH OFTEN bypassed by tourists visiting Rome in a rush, some four miles from St. Peter’s Basilica is the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, which contains the remains of the second apostle who was martyred and buried in the Eternal City — St. Paul.

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