Pope Francis Reveals Alleged Bone Fragments of First Pope

Pope opens ancient jewel box in public fueling debate.
1:04 | 11/24/13

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For the first time ever, the catholic church opening up an ancient jewel box, unleashing a scientific debate over what's really inside. Here tonight, abc's alex marquardt. Reporter: Today, pope francis offered the world the first glimpse of what could be the remains of the world's first pope. The bronze case held nine pieces of ancient bone, allegedly bone fragments of st. Peter. Until now, they've been kept in a private papal chapel. They've never officially been declared the fragments of st. Peter, in part because a 1,000-year-old curse threatened those who disturbed his tomb. Today's display is the strongest sign yet that the vatican believes these are the remains of the apostle peter. But some archaeologists aren't convinced, saying there's no scientific proof. Pope francis's emotional display today marked the end of the vatican's year-long celebration of christian faith. And it's that faith that will be required to be convinced that these are the remains of st. Peter. David? Alex, thank you.

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