To all faiths: Mid June brought one of those “wow” moments when restorers cleaning a ceiling in the Catacombs of St. Thecia found what turned out to be the oldest known image of the Apostle Paul. The fresco was hidden under a limestone crust.
According to the Architect Bisconti, he has said most of his work involves very, slow painstaking precision care of the oldest intact Christian monuments and artwork.
Very little remains of any Christian church built before the fifth century, but the 140 catacombs in Italy offer clear evidence of how early Christians worshipped, how they lived and, especially, what they hoped and believed about death.
Because the catacombs are underground and were filled with dirt in the fifth century, when people began burying their dead in cemeteries within the city walls—the catacombs remained remarkapbly intact, Bisconti said.
I wish I could download this picture of St. Paul that they found, but the next best thing is to go on the newspaper “The Pilot” out of Boston and see for yourselves. That is where the info comes from. He looks exactly as we know him. Beard and balding.