Vatican to publish documents on suppression of Knights Templar

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The Vatican is planning publication of a book on the suppression of the Knights Templar, based on material from the Vatican Secret Archives.

The Knights Templar, a religious order established in Jerusalem in 1118, grew in power during the Crusades, and became a formidable military and political force in Europe in the 12th and 13th century. In the early 14th century, under pressure from the French monarchy, Pope Clement V forcibly suppressed the order.

However, rumors about the secrets of the military order have been circulated for centuries, and the Knights Templar. The order has figured in a number of recent fictional works. The new work to be published by the Vatican Archives is unlikely to stem the curiosity of conspiracy theorists.

On October 25, the Vatican office of the Secret Archives will unveil the book Processus contra Templarios, containing “a previously unpublished and exclusive edition of the complete acts of the original hearing against the Knights Templar,” the Vatican has announced. Containing reproductions of the original parchment documents, the book is “the most elaborate and important publication yet undertaken” by the Archives, the Vatican states. The book will be a special collector’s edition, with only 799 copies produced.

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Vaticano abre arquivos de julgamento de Templários

O Vaticano abriu seus arquivos secretos e publicará um inédito e exclusivo volume que reúne todos os documentos de um dos grandes julgamentos da história, o que representou o fim da Ordem dos Templários. No dia 25 de outubro, o Arquivo do Vaticano apresentará 799 fiéis reproduções do “Processus contra Templarios”, as atas do processo da Inquisição contra os Cavaleiros do Templo no início do século XIV.
A publicação da obra faz parte da iniciativa “Exemplaria Praetiosa”, que consiste na produção de exemplares com tiragem limitada de obras exclusivas conservadas nos Arquivos Vaticanos. O projeto prevê a publicação de reproduções fiéis, com todo o luxo de detalhes, desde o uso do pergaminho aos selos dourados, de documentos de grande importância histórica.

O documento agora reproduzido será o “Processus contra Templarios”, a ordem religiosa cujas origens se situam em Jerusalém, por volta de 1119, e que acabou sendo suprimida por Clemente V em 1314 após um longo julgamento.

Participarão da apresentação o Arquivista e Bibliotecário da Santa Igreja Romana, Raffaele Farina, o prefeito regional do Arquivo Secreto Vaticano, Sergio Pagano, e especialistas como o historiador Franco Cardini e o arqueólogo e escritor Valerio Massimo Manfredi.

Agencia EFE

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2 thoughts on “Vatican to publish documents on suppression of Knights Templar

    Jaques said:
    October 7, 2007 at 11:40 am

    This appears to be the official response to an appeal by modern-day followers of the Templar tradition.

    A letter to the Pope from living descendents of the Templars appeared in the press in 2004. “We shall witness the 700th anniversary of the persecution of our order on 13th October 2007,” the letter said. “It would be just and fitting for the Vatican to acknowledge our grievance in advance of this day of mourning.”

    On 25 October 2007, exactly 13 days from the morning of the anniversary, an official document will be released by the Vatican absolving the Knights Templar and confirming their innocence.

    Full story with sources and additional reading material:

    http://www.theinsider.org/news/article.asp?id=2623

    Javier Ortegon said:
    October 3, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    The time is at hand for these humble, just warriors of God to be rightly acknowledged by the Church they gave their lives to preserve.

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