This information is extremely electrifying for all historians. The Vatican has decided to about a hundred arch declassification of important historical documents, which for centuries have been kept in the Vatican Secret Archives. The oldest of them were drawn back in the Vll century.
The acts, which for centuries belonged to the most closely hidden secrets of the Vatican, will be able to see everyone now. All letters will be available for a wide audience. You will be able to watch them in Rome - told the daily "The Daily Telegraph."
"This unique event," - said the director of the Vatican Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi. "It was first organized an exhibition of such great importance. I've never been allowed to so many documents of the Vatican Secret Archives have left."
Among the writings, which will be able to see almost everyone now include letters written by Mary Stuart and a few weeks before her execution, which was the consequence of her alleged involvement in a conspiracy against Queen Elizabeth I. Scotland, they complained that the accusations against her based upon the false accusations made by her enemies in England. He stated that the tribunal, which ruled on her guilt, allowed the illegal and heretical practices.
Other interesting documents that found their way to the exhibition are the files from the process of Galileo. Italian astronomer was accused by the Catholic Church for heresy, when he put forward a theory according to which the earth revolves around the sun.
Among the most exotic of documents that came to light, there is a letter from a Chinese empress. Dating from 1650, correspondence, the content of which was concluded on pieces of silk contains a statement concerning the adoption of the monarch by her Catholic faith. It acknowledged mistress that her conversion was under the influence of evangelization carried out by Jesuit priests. Shortly after the conversion of Empress Wang took the Christian name of Helen.
There were also documents relating to the time of, who - often wrongly - accused of passive attitude toward the Holocaust and the hell of World War II. Previously, the Vatican has consistently refused to historians who wanted to know the records from the period 1939 to 1958.
The exhibition was organized to celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of the founding the Vatican Secret Archives, in their present form. Every day the documents are stored in air-conditioned rooms of the Apostolic Palace. The total length of the shelves that take up resources are gathered there, about 80 kilometers.