Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

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Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

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Vatican Library, Vatican Philatelie Museum, and Research Tools

Among the various changes at the Vatican Library is the retirement of Father William Sheehan, C.S.B., as director of the Printed Books Department. He will remain at the library in order to finish another volume on the incunabula in the Vatican collection. Dr. Adalbert Roth has succeeded him as director. On November 24, 2007, the former prefect of the library and current archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church, Archbishop Raffaele Farina, S.D.B., was appointed a cardinal. The new prefect is Msgr. Cesare Pasini, the former vice-prefect of the Ambrosiana Library and noted scholar of Greek patristics. The vice-prefect of the Vatican Library is Mr. Ambrogio Piazzoni.

Located within the Vatican Museums is a new Philatelic and Numismatic Museum of Vatican City State. It brings together all the stamps and coins issued in the Vatican City State from 1929 to the present day Among the materials on exhibit are sketches by various artists, printing plates, plaster models, and bronze casts used in the production of coins, postage stamps, and aerograms. There is also an exhibit tracing the history of the postal service of the Papal States (1852-70).

The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archive s of the Catholic University of America has made available to scholars the finding aid and links to the digitized documents in its Papal Autograph Collection on its website These letters and official documents, from the period 1578-1865, signed by several popes from Gregory XIII to Pius IX, deal mostly with the administration of the Papal States. A finding aid to the voluminous records of the National Catholic War Council dating from World War I that are organized into ten series can be viewed on the web at

A new website dedicated to Peter of Auvergne (ca. 1245-1304), a Paris master and disciple of Thomas Aquinas and later bishop of Clermont, can be found at

Archaeological Reconstruction

At historic St. Mary's City in southern Maryland, the site of the colony's first capital, the foundations in the form of a Latin cross of a Catholic church that were first found in 1938 and dated to ca. 1667 have provided the basis for a reconstructed chapel. The original chapel, made of brick and replacing the wooden one destroyed by anti-Catholics and anti-royalist forces in 1645, was apparently dismantled in the early eighteenth century when Catholic worship was again banned in the colony Much of the materials was transported to St. Inigoes Manor, five miles away, to be used to build a chapel there. The reconstructed chapel in St. Mary's, recently completed, has faithfully reproduced the appearance of the original, as far as it can be surmised by studying contemporary Jesuit churches in South American and Asian colonies. Because federal funds were used in the reconstruction, the altar will not be consecrated and no worship services will be held in the building.

Causes of Saints

On October 20, 2007, Albertina Berkenbrock (1919-31), a native Brazilian laywoman, was beatified in Tubarao, Brazil.

On October 21, 2007, Manuel Gómez González (1877-1924), a Spanish diocesan priest, andAdilio Daronch (1908-1924), a Brazilian layman, both martyred in Feijao Miudo, were beatified.

On October 27, 2007, Celina Chludzinska (1833-1913), a widowed native of Poland and foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, was beatified in St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome.

On November 11, 2007, Ceferino Namuncurá (1886-1905), a layman and student of the San Francisco de Sales Society, was beatified in Argentina.

In December of 2007, Lindalva Justo de Oliveira, a sister of the Daughters of Charity of St. …

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