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St. Peter's bones go on display at Vatican

Updated 1104 GMT (1904 HKT) November 24, 2013
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Pope Francis blesses the remains of St Peter during a ceremony of Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King at St Peter's square on November 24, 2013 at the Vatican. AFP/Getty Images
Italian archbishop Rino Fisichella holds the ashes of St Peter before a ceremony of Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King at St Peter's square on November 24, 2013 at the Vatican. AFP/Getty Images
Picture of the statue of St Peter bottom taken during a ceremony of Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King at St Peter's square on November 24, 2013 at the Vatican AFP/Getty Images
Bones long believed to be those of St. Peter, one of the earliest and closest disciples of Jesus Christ are to go on display at the Vatican. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Pope Francis is expected to lead a service at St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday marking the end of the "Year of Faith" at which the relics will be shown to those present. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
Christians believe that St Peter was a fisherman on the shores of Lake Galilee who became a follower and friend of Jesus. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
After Jesus was arrested, Peter denied knowing him three times, as shown in this engraving after an original work by Gustave Dore. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
According to Christian teachings, St. Peter was one of the first people to witness the resurrection of Jesus. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
St. Peter became a leader of the early Christian church, and is believed to have been martyred in about A.D. 64, by being crucified upside down. Hulton Archive/Getty Images