Vatican secret archive becomes less secret because Pope Francis renames it to lose the "negative" connotation
- Pope Francis ever had it & # 39; secret & # 39; archive renamed the Vatican Apostolic Archive
- He also opens the archive of World War II Pope Pius XII next year, eight years early
- Archive contains gilded manuscripts and a two-storey cement bunker
Pope Francis has stated that the Vatican Secret Archive is not that secret anyway.
Francis officially changed the name of the Holy See archive on Monday to remove what he said the & # 39; negative & # 39; connotations of having & # 39; secret & # 39; in his name.
From now on the huge amount of documents, manuscripts and papyrus of popes in the past will be officially known as the & # 39; Vatican-Apostolic archive & # 39 ;.
In a new law, Francis noted that the archive has long been open to scientists and that he himself decided that the archives of Pope Pius XII from the Second World War, some of which accuse them of not having spoken enough about the Holocaust, would be open researchers on schedule before 2 March 2020.
Pope Francis (pictured during the weekly public on Sint-Pietersplein) agrees & # 39; secret & # 39; archive renamed the Vatican Apostolic archive
From now on the enormous amount of documents, manuscripts and papyrus of popes in the past will be officially known as the & # 39; Vatican-Apostolic Archive & # 39;
He said the name change better reflects the reality of the archive and & # 39; the service to the church and the world of culture & # 39 ;.
The archive contains the documentation about the life of the universal Catholic church from the eighth century to the present. It contains 600 different collections that are spread over 85 kilometers of racks.
Francis noted that the archive has long been open to scientists and that he himself decided that the archives of Pope Pius XII from the Second World War (photo), some of which accuse them of not having spoken enough about the Holocaust, would be open For researchers ahead of schedule on 2 March 2020
The archive is located in the Apostolic Palace and contains a series of reading rooms and a & # 39; bunker & # 39; of two floors with reinforced cement.
The most precious documents, including old gilded manuscripts and the acts of the inquisition process against Galileo Galilei – are kept in secure, air-conditioned rooms where humidity is regulated.
It was Pope Leon VIII who opened the doors of the archive to researchers in 1881 and currently an estimated 1,500 years per year are allowed.
Currently, the most recent papacy available to scientists is that of Pope Pius XI, who died in 1939. The customary practice of the Holy See was to wait 70 years until after the conclusion of a papacy to open the archives of that pontificate.
But that would mean that the archives of Pius XII, who ruled from 1939-1958, would have been available to scientists at the earliest until 2028.
The Holy See is under pressure to organize and catalog the Pius XII collection more quickly to make it available to researchers while the Holocaust survivors are still alive.
Francis cited the Pius XIII opening to explain his reason for the name change while regretting how the original Latin name & # 39; Archivium Secretum & # 39; – intended only to mean that the archive was private and separate – had assumed almost sinister implications that the Holy See had secrets to hide.
The archive is located in the Apostolic Palace and contains a series of reading rooms and a & # 39; bunker & # 39; of two floors with reinforced cement. Depicted is Pope Francis who blesses the crowd on St. Peter's Square
& # 39; Thanks to certain cultural accents in some places, the word & # 39; secretum & # 39; lost its true meaning and is it instinctively associated with the modern concept of the word & # 39; & # 39 ;, assuming it was harmful to be hidden, not revealed and reserved for a little, & he wrote.
& # 39; That is completely contrary to what the Vatican Secret Archive always was and intended to be & # 39 ;, he said.
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