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Catholic Churches in Europe opened to fight COVID-19

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With new decree, pope makes Vatican Secret Archives no longer ‘secret’

Citing the negative misinterpretations that the word ‘secret’ implies, Pope Francis has changed the name of the Vatican Secret Archives to the Vatican Apostolic Archives.

In a decree, issued ‘motu proprio’, on the pope’s own initiative, and published by the Vatican on 28th October, the pope said that semantic changes over the centuries have caused the meaning of the Latin word for ‘secret’ to “be misunderstood” and “to be coloured with ambiguous, even negative nuances”.

“Having lost the true meaning of the term ‘secretum’ and instinctively associating its value to the concept expressed by the modern word ‘secret’ in some areas and environments, even those of a certain cultural importance, this term has taken on the prejudicial meaning of (something) hidden, not to be revealed and reserved for a few,” the pope said.

The ‘Archivum Secretum Vaticanum’ was founded by Pope Paul V in 1612. The term ‘secret’ was commonly used in the 17th century as something that is “private, separate, reserved,” the pope explained.

While the archives always have been the pope’s private collection, they have been open to scholars conducting research since 1881.

Picture: Books are pictured in a cabinet in the Vatican Apostolic Archives. Pope Leo XIII founded the Vatican School of Paleography, Diplomatics and Archive Administration in 1884, just a few years after he opened the archives to the world’s scholars. (CNS photo/Vatican Apostolic Archives).

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OTHER NEWS

JOIN US FOR THE RE-DEDICATION EVENT -WATCH OUR LIVESTREAM BELOW AT NOON

THE REDEDICATION In 1381, England was dedicated to Mary by King Richard II and was 'set apart for her among the nations. This year, the Christians of England are called to make a personal dedication to Mary, taking up her example as Christ’s first disciple. History...

Prayers to say for the rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry

At noon today (Sunday, 29 March), England will be rededicated as the Dowry of Mary. While celebrations have been scaled back for obvious reasons, Catholics can still make join in at home by saying the prayers below. You can say the prayers at any time of day, although...

Online Mass and CAFOD are helping fill the holes left in our Sundays

With the coronavirus pandemic causing Masses across the country to be cancelled, there is now a large demand for virtual worship – and Catholic charity CAFOD hopes its weekly ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ will inspire families across the UK after the first session saw...

Catholic Churches in Europe opened to fight COVID-19

Catholic dioceses and religious orders across Europe are offering to turn church facilities into spaces needed for health care or housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Church leaders throughout Europe have been struggling to maintain Catholic religious devotions...

CAFOD takes its activities online as world stays home

With the onset of the coronavirus leaving many spending more time inside, organisations have swung into action moving their activities online, including UK charity CAFOD, which hopes its digital events and resources will unite international communities. The Covid-19...