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Rome catacomb reveals oldest image of St. Paul

Using laser technology, Vatican archaeologists have found in the catacombs under Rome what they believe is the oldest image in existance of St. Paul the Apostle, dating back to the 4th century.

A photograph of the icon shows the thin face of a bearded man with large eyes, sunken nose and face on a red background surrounded with a yellow circle – the classic image of St Paul.

The image was found in the Catacomb of St Thekla, close to the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, which is said to be built on the site where he was buried.

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