Vincentian Missionaries in Seventeenth-century Europe and Africa: A Digital Edition of Sources from the Vatican Archives is an annotated collection of primary sources tracing the activities of Vincentian missionaries in Europe and Africa. The documents included here are drawn from the Vatican archives (especially the Propaganda Fide branch) and illustrate the work of the Congregation of the Mission from its establishment by Vincent de Paul in 1625 to the end of the seventeenth century. They underscore a complex relationship with the Roman Curia and highlight the attempts of the papacy to shape early modern religious, cultural and political frontiers in the context of the Catholic Reformation. The sources gathered here were mainly authored by Vincentians and the cardinals of Propaganda Fide, but also include a significant number of letters written by third parties (French kings and royal officers, papal nuncios, bishops, members of other religious orders, slaves). They offer a myriad of details about the environment in which the missionaries lived and worked – the Protestant enclaves in France; the Scottish highlands; the native population on Madagascar; the Christian and Muslim slaves on the Mediterranean coastline – thus offering a perspective on seventeenth-century interreligious and intercultural encounters.
This is a work in progress. In November 2015 the website comprised 690 items, including detailed summaries in English and full-text transcriptions for most of the items; additional metadata; and reference tools. Various search and browse options are available.
Transcriptions are available in PDF format and can be downloaded.