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    St. Peter's Basilica. Saint Peter [5] (died between AD 64 and 68 on the Vatican Hill ), [1] also known as Peter the Apostle, Peter the Rock, Simon Peter, Simeon, Simon or Cephas, [6] was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, and one of the first leaders of the early Church. He is traditionally counted as the first bishop of Rome ...

    • AD 30
    • John (or Jonah; Jona)
    • Between AD 64–68
    • Bishop of Rome (according to tradition): Linus, Bishop of Antioch (according to tradition): Evodius
  2. Saint Peter, also known as 'Simon Peter’, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus and the first Bishop of Rome. The ancient Christian churches consider him to be the founder of the Roman Church and the Church of Antioch, but have differences in opinion about the supremacy of his present day successors.

  3. In 1950 human bones were discovered beneath the alter of St. Peter's Basilica and many claimed they belonged to Peter. In 1953 an excavation found St. Peter's tomb in Jerusalem bearing his previous name Simon, as well as the tombs of the other apostles, Mary, and Jesus. In the 1960s, discarded debris from the excavation beneath St. Peter's ...

  4. St. Peter According to the Acts of the Apostles, Peter takes the lead in addressing the crowds assembled in Jerusalem for the Pentecost feast. As the leader of the Christians in Jerusalem, he was sentenced to death by Herod but miraculously released from prison the night before his trial. After that, Peter departed Jerusalem to promote the Gospel.

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