Political and Diplomatic Documents Concerning Russia, in the Foundation of the Congregation of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs
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Political and Diplomatic Documents Concerning Russia, in the Foundation of the Congregation of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs
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Johan Ickx 
Affiliation: Archives of the Vatican State Secretariat
Address: State of Vatican City
The article provides an overview of documents concerning Russiaб both political and diplomatic, contained in the Historical Archives in the 2nd Section (Section for Relations with Foreign States) of the Vatican State Secretariat (the former Archives of the Congregation for Extraordinary Church Affairs) — from the earliest documents dating back to the 17th century to documents of the late twentieth century. The Congregation for Extraordinary Church Affairs itself arose in 1814 and was aimed at restoring the relationship between the Church and the state in the field of civil law, education, jurisdiction and freedom of the Church, the management of dioceses, negotiations on the appointment of bishops, relations between the clergy and the authorities, not to mention plots, concerning spiritual, dogmatic, moral, disciplinary problems in various European countries. Particular emphasis is placed on documents relating to the period 1917—1939, which is explained, in particular, by the fact that for the period since 1939 the documentation in the Archives of the Vatican is not yet available. The author, however, draws attention to the papers of Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, which are kept in the Spolya Foundation in the Historical Archive of the State Secretariat and are now available to researchers.
Vatican, Russia, political and diplomatic documents, Vatican Historical Archive, the Congregation for Extraordinary Church Affairs
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