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St Peter loses keys to the Kingdom of Heaven
« on: July 27, 2004, 06:05:53 AM »
http://www.cathnews.com/news/303/79.php

Vatican authorities were searching yesterday for the left hand - the one holding the keys - of a 13th-century marble statue of the apostle in St Peter's Basilica after the hand and keys mysteriously vanished.

The marble statue is dated between 1285-1290 and is attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio, the same artist to whom many scholars attribute the more famous bronze statue of St. Peter seated in the central nave of the basilica.

The statue with the missing hand was restored in the late 1700s, and the stolen hand was a replacement copy of the damaged original, an official at the basilica said.

The hand, which he said was of little monetary value, was connected to the wrist of the statue with a tight-fitting metal rod. According to the official, a Vatican guide said the statue still had both hands at 3:30 p.m. The theft was discovered an hour later when a passing employee saw it was missing and alerted authorities.

The Vatican was tight-lipped about what might have happened to it, saying only it was missing.



When I first read this posted on another forum I checked to see if it had come from the Onion Dome, but no, it is a real story.

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Re:St Peter loses keys to the Kingdom of Heaven
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2004, 06:09:01 AM »
This is what Father Ambrose posted after he posted the news bulletin on the Catholic Answers forum (he is an Orthodox priest monk in New Zealand)

The missing hand is rumoured to be doing the rounds of episcopal residences in Russia. For centuries the Russian episcopate has been peeved that its lines of apostolic succcesion stem only from James the Brother of the Lord and from Andrew the First-Called who is known to have paid an unexpected visit to southern Russia in A.D 65 when he was lost on a missionary journey to Scotland. His Holiness Patriarch Cellophane III of Moscow and All the Arbat is offering sub conditione consecrations with the Petrine hand to all members of his Synod. The required donation is small: an oil well in Kazakhstan or the deportation of two Polish clergymen. In time the Russian episcopate will be fully "petrified" and Cellophane is planning to declare himself urbi et orbi as the Russian Pope. The House of Fauberge is already commissioned to produce a magnificent tiara in time for Cellophane's enthronement.

When Novosti CIN and Ecumanic reporters queried the Pope of Rome on this surprising use of Peter's hand, the Pope said that he thought the hand been chewed off by rodents in the Vatican since he often lays awake at nights, disturbed by ratzsinging. The Pope expressed concern that the Orthodox may misuse the keys which were in Peter's hand when it was stolen. 'They are,' he said, 'inclined to be too lenient with sinners. They'll be allowing all sorts of riff-raff through the heavenly gates."


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Re:St Peter loses keys to the Kingdom of Heaven
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2004, 09:27:07 AM »
It's not April 1st., yet, is it?
It is afterwards that events are best understood

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Re:St Peter loses keys to the Kingdom of Heaven
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2004, 02:56:21 AM »
This is what Father Ambrose posted after he posted the news bulletin on the Catholic Answers forum (he is an Orthodox priest monk in New Zealand)

The missing hand is rumoured to be doing the rounds of episcopal residences in Russia. For centuries the Russian episcopate has been peeved that its lines of apostolic succcesion stem only from James the Brother of the Lord and from Andrew the First-Called who is known to have paid an unexpected visit to southern Russia in A.D 65 when he was lost on a missionary journey to Scotland. His Holiness Patriarch Cellophane III of Moscow and All the Arbat is offering sub conditione consecrations with the Petrine hand to all members of his Synod. The required donation is small: an oil well in Kazakhstan or the deportation of two Polish clergymen. In time the Russian episcopate will be fully "petrified" and Cellophane is planning to declare himself urbi et orbi as the Russian Pope. The House of Fauberge is already commissioned to produce a magnificent tiara in time for Cellophane's enthronement.

When Novosti CIN and Ecumanic reporters queried the Pope of Rome on this surprising use of Peter's hand, the Pope said that he thought the hand been chewed off by rodents in the Vatican since he often lays awake at nights, disturbed by ratzsinging. The Pope expressed concern that the Orthodox may misuse the keys which were in Peter's hand when it was stolen. 'They are,' he said, 'inclined to be too lenient with sinners. They'll be allowing all sorts of riff-raff through the heavenly gates."

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Hey, John

Would you dare post this in the CF forums?

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Re: St Peter loses keys to the Kingdom of Heaven
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2011, 09:26:25 AM »
Hi guys!

Forgive me...