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Vatican's secret archives revealed

By T.K. Randall
January 4, 2010 · Comment icon 30 comments



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An extensive collection of 105 letters and documents from the Vatican's secret archives have been published for the first time.
The collection includes a letter to Hitler, a letter from Genghis Khan's grandson, documents covering the the hersey trail of Galileo and similar documents relating to the trials of the knights templar from the 14th century.
A 13th-century letter from Genghis Khanís grandson demanding homage from the pope is among a collection of documents from the Vaticanís Secret Archives that has been published for the first time.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (30)


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Comment icon #21 Posted by puridalan 12 years ago
Pixxi I was raised Catholic but split off from there. The Vatican is in a league in it's own, of course they have thousands upon thousands of books, the bad thing is they can burn whichever or re-write anything they want because they have all of those their disposal. No one should take every single word of the bible literaly, as the bible changes many many times, all the time. From John to according to luke, new testament..old testament...ya and a lot of books are never even talked about in church, really just the same old stories again and again and again. Define "normal" people, depends on w... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
How about revealing how much value in gold their secret chambers contain? Enough to fix up world poverty for eternity. Anyway back on topic, here's one for the conspiracy theorists. How about the third secret of Fatima and the allegation there is a second part to it that hasn't been revealed which talks about the apocalypse? My link The 3rd Secret is "We were only kidding...lol."
Comment icon #23 Posted by pixiii 12 years ago
Pixxi I was raised Catholic but split off from there. The Vatican is in a league in it's own, of course they have thousands upon thousands of books, the bad thing is they can burn whichever or re-write anything they want because they have all of those their disposal. No one should take every single word of the bible literaly, as the bible changes many many times, all the time. From John to according to luke, new testament..old testament...ya and a lot of books are never even talked about in church, really just the same old stories again and again and again. Define "normal" people, depends on w... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by Graveyard Hound 12 years ago
About time. Now maybe we can get to the "Shroud" issue and get it settled one and for all.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Siara 12 years ago
Wonder what else they are keeping secret It would be fascinating to know. They don't want to reveal the fact that Catholicism was built over the centuries by real people who made mistakes and changed their opinions. To me 2,000 years of people working to create a tradition is extremely admirable and it's sad that they feel a need to hide it.
Comment icon #26 Posted by puridalan 12 years ago
Well they need to hide it partially, because Catholicism started by ruining the Pagan's own traditions. And it's not very 'saintful' to create a whole religion based on taking of anothers, now is it. I was raised Catholic, so I know a bit. In fact all of the holidays Catholics have are right on top of the four season celebrations they have like Christmas Winters Solastice and to cover up Halloween/eves hallow ect...they created all saints day. I am NOT saying that people who practice being Catholic today are 'heartless' or like destroying anothers religion, in fact most of them do not even kno... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by pixiii 12 years ago
Even if you were allowed to look at them, it would be pointless if you could not speak latin or able to translate said words and other things that maybe totally with 'touch' like brail basically. Yes in this documentary I was watching yesterday on it, it said that the Vatican hand picks 1000 people who are the only ones who have access to the archives. That's one big massive horde of paperwork/items if they need 1000 people to go through it.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Dancingtiger 12 years ago
I find it remarkable they kept any of the items that went against what they were teaching at the time as the one big truth. Such as keeping the work of Galileo Galilei, and I am betting his instruments, things found and used against him at the inquisition trial. He was tried by the Inquisition, found "vehemently suspect of heresy," forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest. Now with all we have learned he is considered the father of modern science. That he was punished for having a wonderful mind that exceded his peers by the church must be almost embarasing for the m... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by unit 12 years ago
...He was tried by the Inquisition, found "vehemently suspect of heresy," forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest. Now with all we have learned he is considered the father of modern science... finally someone 'gets it'
Comment icon #30 Posted by -d00Fus- 12 years ago
As far as I understand it, catholicism was created by a roman emperor (forget which one, Constantine perhaps?) in about 300 AD because he thought a single monotheistic(sp?) religion would be better suited to hold together a crumbling empire than the polytheistic(sp?) one that was getting to be pretty hard to control. They did seem to "steal" other religions holy days, I suppose when you tell people they can't celebrate with a good p*ss-up they get naffed so it's better just to tell them "No, you're not celebrating Spring, you're celebrating Easter"; same party, new name. I don't know what they... [More]


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