"For the first time and to coincide with the end of the Year of Faith,
the Vatican is to put on public display the relics of St. Peter.
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of Pontifical Council for the
Promotion of the New Evangelization, announced the Vatican’s plans in a
Nov. 8 article in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.
"The tomb of St. Peter is located in the Vatican necropolis – the
so-called ‘Scavi’ – under the main altar of the Vatican basilica. It was
excavated in the 1940s and after detailed testing, Pope Paul VI
verified them as St. Peter's relics. The ‘Scavi Tour’ has long been a
very popular attraction at the Vatican.
The bones of St. Peter have always been kept in the grotto of the basilica and never placed on public display."