ACCORD SIGNED FOR CENSUS OF INQUISITION DOCUMENTS, ARCHIVES
VATICAN CITY, NOV 9, 2004 (VIS) - Early this afternoon, Holy See Press Office
Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released the following statement:
"This afternoon Bishop Angelo Amato, secretary of the Congregation
for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dr. Maurizio Fallace, director general of the
Archives of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Goods and Activities, and Prof.
Andrea Del Col, director of the Research Center on the Inquisition of the
University of Studies of Trieste, will sign an accord of collaboration to
carry out a census of the archives and Inquisition documentation in Italy.
"Such a project regards not only the documentation concerning the
Roman Inquisition, preserved in ecclesiastical, state and private archives, as
well as in Italian and foreign libraries, but also the documentation of the
Spanish Inquisition on Italian territory and that of the secular authorities
that instituted processes for heresy, witchcraft and other crimes against the
"Such a vast operation, never before attempted, is of great
importance in answering the new orientations of international research on the
control of religious ideas in medieval and modern Europe, and takes advantage
of the collaboration between the Ministry for Cultural Goods and Activities,
the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and a research group of
the Italian university, to make more readily available a great documentation
patrimony that is little known today and is dispersed throughout multiple
"The census, carried out according to the criteria established by
common agreement and with the most advanced technological instruments, will
not only seek to safeguard this cultural patrimony, unique in its nature, but
will also facilitate knowledge in many fields of research, from the history of
religious and scientific doctrines, to that of popular cultures, of
'spontaneous holiness', of censorship, in addition to the systems of social
control between the medieval age and modern times.
"The accord will therefore consolidate and amplify
collaboration that has taken place for some time and is being conducted for
the service of a better development of man and civil coexistence, in exploring
the values of Christianity and western civilization."
OP/INQUISITION/NAVARRO-VALLS VIS 041109 (360)