Vatican Archives Exhibit Opens in Rome

‘Lux in Arcana’ Offers a Rare Look at History

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VATICAN CITY, FEB. 29, 2012 ( For a few hours this evening, «Lux in Arcana» was open to the public. Starting Thursday, the exhibit of more than 100 documents from the Vatican Secret Archives will be available according to the regular hours of the Capitoline Museums.

«‘Lux in Arcana’: the Vatican Secret Archives Unveiled» exhibit is celebrating the fourth centenary of the foundation of the Archives.

The display is open until Sept. 9.

Among the more than 100 documents on display are Clement VII’s letter to the English parliament on the matrimonial cause of Henry VIII, the bull of excommunication against Martin Luther, documents from the trial of the Templars in France, and a letter from St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes to Pope Pius IX.

The official Web site contains photos and explanations of some of the treasures.

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