Vatican Secret Archive is now less ‘secret’

Vatican Secret Archive is now less ‘secret’
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A request to annul Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Galileo Galilei’s trial documents, Martin Luther’s excommunication, the Dictatus Papae asserting the powers of the Pope, documents of the role of Pius XII during the World War II, a 10th century parchment on the division of powers between Pope and emperor, Pope Alexander VI’ edict on carving up the New World between Spain and Portugal after Columbus’s discovery of America and more than one hundred documentary treasures have gone on public display for the first time in Rome.

The exhibit entitled “Lux in Arcana” in Capitoline Museums will run until Septembre, 9 and organizers said it is a unique chance to see a priceless collection of documents from the Vatican’s closely guarded vaults..

The exhibition marks the 400th anniversary of the creation of the Vatican Secret Archive by Pope Paul V.

Other documents:

-Letters from Michelangelo about the construction of St. Peter’s basilica and his financial problems.

-The deed of abdication by Queen Christina of Sweden in 1654.

-A letter from the chief of the Ojibwa Native American tribe to Pope Leo XIII.

-Another, on silk and from the 17th century, Chinese empress Helena Wang.

-French Queen Marie Antoinette’s documents speaking of her sorrows in prison.

‘This exhibition is really unique and exceptional,’ Rome mayor Alemanno has said. ‘This is the first time that the Vatican secret archives open their doors for an incredible exhibition that spans all historical eras.’

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