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  • The Façade of St. Peter's Basilica

    The Grittiness of Catholicism

    In the second chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores the grittiness and historicity of Christianity, focusing on the bones of St. Peter in the Vatican excavations ('Scavi').

    Dr. Ann Brodeur
    Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies, University of Mary
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