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Question / Issue:
"Where is the place
where Christ said, on this rock, I will build my Church? Or could it be that to
where St. Peter was standing, is the place where the Church was built?"
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The "rock" refers to
St. Peter (Christ changed Simon's name to Peter which means "rock"). It does not
refer literally to a church building. However, St. Peter's was built over St.
Peter's tomb, so the Church is likewise literally built on the "rock" of St.
Peter. Regarding the location itself where Jesus said this, Scripture says it
was in the region of Caesarea Philippi (Mt. 16:13). A footnote in the NAB says
"Caesarea Philippi [is] situated about twenty miles north of the Sea of
Galilee". Again, however, Christ is NOT referring to the location, but to the
person of St. Peter. Saint Peter is the rock.
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