Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Acta Nuntiaturae Polonae, Tomus LVII: Achilles Ratti (1918-1921)

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Acta Nuntiaturae Polonae, Tomus LVII: Achilles Ratti (1918-1921)

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Acta Nuntiaturae Polonae,Tomus LVII: Achilles Ratti (191&1921),Volumen 2 (1 VIII-11 XI 1918). Edited by Stanislaus Wilk, S.D.B. (Rome: Institutum Historicum Polonicum. 1996. Pp. xii, 423.)

This volume comprises the second installment in a project to publish the archival documents regarding the mission of Achille Ratti, the future Pope Pius XI, as nuncio to Poland in the initial years of that country's revival from more than a century of foreign rule at the end of World War I. (See the review of Volume I ante, III [April, 1996], 278-280.) It stands as the latest entry in an ambitious and useful series devoted to reproducing the papers of the papal nunciature in Poland since its initiation in the sixteenth century.

Ratti ranks as the most significant of these Vatican envoys to Warsaw, both for his subsequent elevation to the throne of St. Peter and the intrinsic interest of his busy and controversial three years in Poland at one of the most critical times in contemporary European history. Originally named as apostolic visitor to a Polish state created in 1916 as a satellite of the Central Powers, this former prefect of the Vatican Library stayed on as nuncio to the fully independent Poland that emerged once the war ended in the collapse of Germany and the Habsburg Empire.

These pages assemble nearly two hundred documents from the last three months of the war, still in the first stage of Ratti's Polish residence.That amounts to roughly two items a day, and in fact some of them deal with trivialities and might have been permitted to continue slumbering in the archives with no loss to posterity. Still, Ratti found more than enough weighty matters to occupy his hours during these hectic weeks, as this collection attests. …

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