The jewels of the crown

2012-08-09 L’Osservatore Romano

People which lose their historical memory expose themselves to dangerous amnesia and watch the possibility for progress slip farther away. Thus “the Apostolic Library and the Vatican Secret Archives are to be considered jewels on the crown of the Church”. Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, recently appointed Archivist and Librarian of Holy Roman Church by Benedict XVI, is convinced of this.  “I believe that memory is fundamental for constructing a solid basis for the future”, the former Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, who was appointed to his new post on 26 June, explained in an interview with our newspaper. “And it is even more important”, he continued, “if the memory to which we are referring is that of the Church”. This is why he speaks of jewels which “are responsible for preserving the ancient identity of Church, but also moving towards the future”.

Nicola Gori