Oftentimes, it’s pathetic the lengths to which theists will go to justify their beliefs:
Pope: Basilica bones belong to apostle St. PaulStory Highlights
Scientific tests prove bones are those of the apostle St. Paul, pope says
Vatican tomb also holds “traces of a precious linen cloth”
Tests were carried out by inserting probe into small opening in sarcophagus
ROME, Italy (CNN)—Scientific tests prove (!!??!!) bones housed in the Basilica of St. Paul in Rome are those of the apostle St. Paul himself (!!??!!??!!), according to Pope Benedict XVI.
Pope Benedict XVI looks at the tomb of St. Paul at the Basilica of St. Paul in Rome in 2007.
“Tiny fragments of bone” in the sarcophagus were subjected to carbon dating, showing they “belong to someone who lived in the first or second century,” the pope said in a homily carried on Italian television.
“This seems to confirm the unanimous and undisputed tradition that these are the mortal remains of the Apostle St. Paul,” Benedict said in Sunday’s announcement.
The tomb also holds “traces of a precious linen cloth, purple in color and laminated with pure gold, and a blue colored textile with linen filaments,” the pope said.
The tests were carried out by inserting a probe into a small opening in the sarcophagus, “which had not been opened for many centuries,” the pontiff said. The probe “also revealed the presence of grains of red incense and traces of protein and limestone.”