The Vatican says that relics believed to be those of St. Peter, the first pope, will be put on public display in a ceremony later this month.
Archbishop Rino Fisichella said Wednesday that the ceremony on Nov. 24 will mark the end of the church's `'Year of the Faith" activities and be the first time the relics have been shown to the public. Fisichella, a Vatican official, said Pope Francis will celebrate Mass that day at the Vatican.
Fisichella said in the official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that `'tradition recognizes" the relics are those of the martyred Peter.
Details about the display are expected to be given at a Vatican news conference on Monday. The relics were found in a necropolis excavated in the mid-20th century under St. Peter's Basilica.