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Researchers are seeking UFO and paranormal files in Vatican's archives

By T.K. Randall
June 20, 2024 · Comment icon 39 comments
Vatican secret archives.
What secrets lie within the archives ? Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Video of Vatican Television Center
The Vatican is thought to be in possession of a wealth of rare documents concerning unexplained phenomena.
Known officially as the Vatican Apostolic Archive, the collection contains thousands of documents ranging from books and manuscripts to state papers, letters and even presidential missives.

One of the largest and most mysterious collections in the world, the documents are stored on many miles of shelving deep beneath the Vatican.

Historians and researchers have long sought to gain access to this treasure trove of knowledge which is thought to contain valuable information on events spanning hundreds of years.

More recently, proponents or UFO disclosure have been attempting to gain access to the archives to look for evidence of historical accounts of unidentified flying objects and other similar phenomena.

Paranormal researchers are also similarly interested in accessing records of supernatural accounts.

While efforts have been made in recent years to digitize and publish some of the material stored in the archives, much of what these researchers are interested in finding is unlikely to be a priority.
"The historical record is filled with these kinds of [supernatural] events," said author and religious studies professor Diana Walsh Pasulka of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

"The people at the Vatican, they don't even know where to look; it's in their basements."

"[The archivists are in a] mad rush to digitize what they have; they have to prioritize what they think is most important. They aren't really prioritizing orbs that are bothering nuns in the 1800s."

Garry Nolan, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, is also interested in the archive.

"The Vatican is probably the oldest library system of paranormal or supernatural knowledge still extant," he said. "[It has] an aura of both mysticism and a feeling of deep truth that if you just know how to read it, you can pull that information out."

Exactly when the Vatican is likely to provide access to its centuries-old X-Files, however, remains - for the moment at least - unclear.



Source: usccb.org | Comments (39)




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Comment icon #30 Posted by Piney 26 days ago
Yup, after many favor pulls and hoop jumps.  I still can't find him and he battled cancer for years.  His uni pages are gone and I found one obit that might be his.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Hammerclaw 26 days ago
Different religions are all just different languages of human spiritualism, all acknowledging belief in things unseen. It's no distortion they all share that foundational detail in common, often the only one they do. Why is only wrong for Westerners to culturally appropriate? 
Comment icon #32 Posted by Piney 26 days ago
No, I'm talking about mixing Hinduism with Shamanism and that sort of nonsense. (Drumming your Chakras)  I practiced Shamanism since I was a tween. When I became a Zen Buddhist, I no longer practiced it. I studied Voodoo and never mixed it with either and never practiced it. I used my grandmother's Hoodoo as a "weapon". Nothing more.  As for appropriation, I have a different definition. Things like the Order of the Arrow aren't in my book because it's done respectfully and not for financial gain. "Selling ceremonies" is something different. 
Comment icon #33 Posted by Piney 26 days ago
I mean exploitation more than appropriation. NEED COFFFFFEEEEEEE... .....aaahhhhhh...
Comment icon #34 Posted by Hammerclaw 26 days ago
Take up the White Man's burden— Ye dare not stoop to less— Nor call too loud on Freedom To cloak your weariness; By all ye cry or whisper, By all ye leave or do, The silent sullen peoples Shall weigh your Gods and you. 7 Take up the White Man's burden— Have done with childish days— The lightly proffered laurel, The easy, ungrudged praise. Comes now, to search your manhood Through all the thankless years, Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom, The judgement of your peers.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Hazzard 26 days ago
Dude.. You are like that guy from the movie The Man From Earth. 
Comment icon #36 Posted by XenoFish 26 days ago
When combining belief systems a lot of meaning is lost. Even though such eclectic creations can work for an individual they're not meant for everyone. That's how we got that garbage known as theosophy.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Piney 26 days ago
Exactly. My grandmother was a Nanticoke-Lenape herbalist who practiced Hoodoo. My grandfather a Nanticoke- Lenape Meteiinuu who went "rogue". I learned Voodoo from a UM member who's a Houngan and was my first friend here. I was turned onto Chan because I'm a martial artist. 
Comment icon #38 Posted by WVK 26 days ago
Order of the Arrow is BSA thing: https://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Order-of-the-Arrow-2019.pdf
Comment icon #39 Posted by Piney 26 days ago
I know. I teach flint knapping to the scouts and help them with their Lenape pronunciation. The Cub Scouts climb all over me like monkeys when I'm teaching. 


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