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From 20 to 23 September, the 12th National Congress of Christian Archaeology will take place at the three universities of Rome. It is a marathon with over 100 speakers over three days. May the fastest one win!


As part of their annual meeting, the two Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Disciples' Circles are organising a public symposium on the teachings of the Church in Rome on Saturday, 24 September. The speakers will be Card. Kurt Koch (Rome), Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer (Regensburg), Markus Graulich (Rome), Uwe Michael Lang (London) and Helmut Moll (Cologne).


STUDy library JOSEPH RATZINGEr at Campo Santo teutonico

In July, t4he Austrian Dr Christine Grafinger, a member of the RIGG from 2011 to 2018 while working at the Vatican Library, was admitted to the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences. This international body of about 30 scholars meets once a year in Rome. This includes former RIGG member Emilia Hrabovec and current RIGG members Elisabeth Kieven and Antal Molnár.

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The Last Supper, the Eucarist, was initially celebrated in the cool evening, but very soon alternatively in the early morning, in any case never in the heat of midday. Now we understand why. Christianity is a Mediterranean religion, so the warm climate plays a role.

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Since this year, all documents of the famous series "Ebrei" are or will be put online. It has been known for a long time that the archives of the Vatican Secretariat of State contain thousands of requests for help that were addressed by Jews to Pope Pius XII during the National Socialist terror and processed by the Curia. To put an end to all speculation and sensationalism, all documents can now be viewed online. The project was realised by Chief Archivist Dr Johan Ickx, a member of the RIGG, who has already presented an important study on these documents: Pio XII e gli Ebrei.

Serie Ebrei

Florian Laurian Tuombe will speak about his doctoral thesis in theology "The relationship between the Old and New Testaments: An approach to Joseph Ratzinger's theology of the liturgy" (supervisor: Fr Juan José Silvestre Valor) on 21 June 2022 at 10 am. Venue: Aula Álvaro del Portillo Piazza di Sant'Apollinare, 49. Tuombe worked for many months in the Ratzinger Study Library of the Campo Santo Teutonico for his dissertation.