Vatican Archive Exhibit to Open March 1

ROME, JAN. 13, 2012 (Zenit.org).- An exhibit of some 100 documents from the Vatican Secret Archives is scheduled to open March 1.

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L’Osservatore Romano reported this week that “‘Lux in Arcana’: the Vatican Secret Archives unveiled” will run from March 1 to Sept. 9 at Rome’s Capitoline Museum. 

The documents range from the 8th to the 20th century, and include such treasures as a letter to the English Parliament from Pope Clement VII on the marital situation of King Henry VIII; minutes from Galileo’s trial; a letter from the Indians of America, written on the bark of a birch tree to Pope Leo XIII; the bull of Martin Luther’s excommunication; and a document from Pope Alexander VI on the discovery of the New World.

This will be the first time these documents leave the Vatican for display.

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On ZENIT’s Web page:

A report from last July, when the exhibit was announced: www.zenit.org/article-33018?l=english

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