Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

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Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

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Anniversary Celebration

Beginning on September 13, 2009, and continuing until December 2010, the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the abbey of Cluny in 909 by William I of Aquitaine will be celebrated by a series of religious events and symposia on the spirituality, learning, art, and architecture of the abbey.


From September 26 to October 27, 2009, the Holy See sponsored the photographic exhibition "Customs and Grave Goods of Rome in the Late Antiquity: Christian, Pagan, and Jewish Tombs Compared" at the San Callisto Catacombs on the Via Appia Antica in Rome. The exhibition was part of the Holy See's participation in the annual European Heritage Days, with the theme this year of "European Heritage for Intercultural Dialogue."

From October 1 1 , 2009, to January 3 , 201 0, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is sponsoring "Sacred Spain: Art and Belief in the Hispanic World," an exhibition of seventeenth-century Spanish religious art. On display are seventy works, including paintings, polychrome sculptures, metalwork, and books that document the intersection between belief and creative imagination.

From October 16, 2009, to January 16, 2010, the Vatican Museum is sponsoring the exhibition "Astrum 2009" that coincides with the International Year of Astronomy. Some 130 objects (astronomical instruments such as telescopes and a sixteenth-century astrolabe, maps, manuscripts, astronomical models, paintings, photographs, codices, and books) will show how scholars of the past observed heavenly bodies, measured their properties, acquired data, and verified hypotheses.


The Archival Center of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has announced the acquisition of a collection of printed historical pamphlets, postcards (mostly from Europe), and related ephemera of Monsignor Robert E. Brennan (1908-80). Among the items are his diaries from 1925 to 1959.

Causes of Saints

OnJuIy 3, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI recognized the healing from a debilitating spinal condition of Deacon John Sullivan of Marshfield, Massachusetts, as a miracle obtained through the intercession of Cardinal John Henry Newman, an important step in his beatification.

At the canonization ceremony of Jozef Damien de Veuster on October 11, Pope Benedict XVI gave to Bishop Clarence Silva of Honolulu a relic of the saint to be deposited for veneration in the cathedral of Honolulu. St. Damien's body was buried in 1889 in Kalaupapa near the leper colony where he worked and died of Hansen's disease, but was exhumed and moved to his birthplace in Belgium in 1936. In 1995 a relic was reinterred in his original grave. Now a second relic will be placed in the cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu where St. Damien was ordained in 1864.

On November 22, 2009, in the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, Israel, Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas was beatified. Born Soultaneh Maria in 1 843, she entered at fourteen the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition, taking the name Alfonsina. In 1880 she cofounded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem and became known as Mother Ghattas.

Conferences and Lectures

On September 14-17, 2009, the Società Italiana di Storia delle Religioni, the European Association for the Study of Religions, and the International Association for the History of Religions sponsored the Ninth EASR Annual Conference/IAHR Special Conference at the University of Messina on the theme "Religion in the History of European Culture." Among the talks given were Armin W Geertz, "Religion, Cognition, and Culture: A European Idea?"; Enrico Montanari, "Comparative Method and Historico-Religious 'Commitment': The Concept of 'Secular Faith' in Raffaele Pettazzoni";Jörg Rüpke, "Hellenistic and Roman Empires and Euro-Mediterranean Religion"; Giovanni Filoramo, "Dangerous Liaisons: Roman Catholic Church and Jewish Communities in the History of Religious Europe"; and Kari Elisabeth Borresen, "The Formation and Significance of Christian Gender Models in European Culture. …

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