This 2017 report is a fairly typical example of MSM BS.
"It’s arguably one of the most significant discoveries in the history of the world [BS], accomplished by an improbable [yes] collection of characters through a complex series of improbable [yes] developments." Source: World Net Daily.
"The discovery was the bones of the [probably mythical] Apostle Peter, a scientifically verified find [BS] that was authenticated [BS] only recently under the leadership of Popes Benedict and Francis [well known for his rigorous scientific objectivity]. The search also uncovered startling new evidence – hidden for nearly two millennia – of a thriving Christian community rooted in belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ at a time of intense Roman persecution [BS]."
I'm too apathetic to describe in detail how the bones of St. Peter were supposedly discovered last year in a couple of Roman-era pots in the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, but the story can be found here. The identification of the bones was initially made because the pots had "inscriptions on their lids indicating that inside were not only bone fragments from St Peter but also three early popes – Cornelius, Callixtus and Felix – as well as four early Christian martyrs," according to the Telegraph (2017).
Note: According to the inscriptions, the pots contained the bones of at least seven different people. Presumably the bones from all these various individuals were mixed up together, so it's hard to see how Peter's bones could be sorted out from all the rest. But never mind that.
The bones were handed over to the Vatican for "analysis." In case you're wondering how anyone could determine these are the bones of St. Peter and not, for instance, some random ancient corpse, it seems that the church was going to have the DNA in the bones analyzed and compared to the DNA in some other bones it has stashed away somewhere:
"A DNA comparison between these bones and those kept by the Vatican [emphasis added] would shed light on the issue," according to a church statement. (Telegraph).
As it turns out, this isn't the first discovery of St. Peter's bones. Some other remains, discovered under St. Peter's Basilica during World War II, were "forensically examined in the 1960s, with experts concluding that they belonged to a man in his early sixties who lived in the first century AD. That was proof enough for Pope Paul VI, in 1968, to declare them the bones of St Peter." These earlier bones were displayed for the first time in 2013:
Report from Nov. 2013.
And now we have a new discovery of St. Peter's bones. I'm not sure if these particular bones have been officially authenticated by the Vatican, but it doesn't make any difference. Call me a cynic, but I don't have any more faith in the church's "authentication" process than I do in the official story of St. Peter's life and martyrdom:
"After the Council of Jerusalem in AD 49, St. Peter returned to Rome. There he served as the bishop of the small Christian community, holding Mass in homes. During this time, he also dictated the Gospel, ascribed by name to his secretary, St. Mark, and his two letters included in our New Testament ..." Source: Catholic Straight Answers.
"In 64-65, Nero set fire to Rome so that he could build his new palace. Needing a scapegoat, he blamed the Christians, as recorded by Tacitus in his Annales. A horrific persecution ensued. St. Peter himself was arrested and condemned to death." And supposedly crucified upside-down at his own request.
Almost everything about this history is either fictitious, distorted or questionable in some way. Nero, for instance, didn't "set fire to Rome." The Gospel of Mark probably wasn't written by either Mark or Peter, and the authenticity of the Epistles of Peter has been questioned. And Nero's persecution of the Christians may never have happened. That particular martyr story is based almost entirely on Tacitus and while I personally think that the passage in the Annals is authentic (in the sense that Tacitus wrote it himself using various earlier sources), the story doesn't seem very plausible, and a lot of scholars believe that the passage is probably an interpolation by later Christian writers. As for Peter himself, it's possible that he never existed, in which case his bones never existed either.
The bones of St. Peter authenticated in 1968 are now holy relics as far as I know. These new bones discovered last year may be authenticated by Francis as well. Who knows? They're sacred objects to many, but to malcontents like myself they radiate a powerful aura of transcendental BS which is almost blinding to behold.