Kritische Online-Edition der Nuntiaturberichte von Eugenio Pacelli, 1917-1929

Eugenio Pacelli, who from 1939 until his death in 1958 was pope under the name of Pius XII, served as a papal nuncio in Germany from 1917 until 1929. The reports that he sent to Rome during this period have now been edited. To this has been added an edition of the directives of Pietro Gasparri, Cardinal Secretary of State. This collection, of a total of 19.500 documents, is now gradually being made accessible online through the Kritische Online-Edition der Nuntiaturberichte von Eugenio Pacelli, 1917-1929.

The documents are available in a critical edition, with summaries in German. The database can be searched by a full-text search in all items of the database (not only documents but also summaries, biographies, and keywords). Advanced searching allows to limit the search to drafts, final versions, attachments, and/or directives. The search can also be limited by inserting criteria such as protocol number or date. The website contains various other options, including:

  • Viewing the draft and final version of a nuncial report in parallel windows. Different handwritings are shown in different colours.
  • Clicking on the names of people or on keywords in editions in order to see more information and to see all related documents.
  • Browsing in the archival holdings, through lists of documents ordered either chronologically or according to the Vatican archive in which they were found.

The website contains extensive tutorials in German, Italian, and English on the various search options.

The project is a cooperation between the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom/Instituto Storico Germanico di Roma, and the Archivio Segreto Vaticano.

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