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Scope and content (abstract)
The series contains items related to the Vatican City and the Popes (mainly John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II), collected presumably by Radio Free Europe's Rome news bureau.
It consists mainly of press clippings from Italian and foreign newspapers and internal RFE's telex messages.
In addition, the series includes official publications of the Vatican Polyglot Press (i.e. apostolic exhortations, encyclicals and apostolic letters written by the Popes), a large number of bulletins released by the Holy See Press Office, communications from SeDoc (the documentation service of the Vatican Radio) and communications of the central editorial office of the Vatican Radio.
The series offers an overview of the public activities carried out by Popes, such as audiences or speeches given by them on the occasion of religious holidays and meetings - for example Easter, the World Youth Day, the World Day of Peace and the World Communications Day - but also Pope's speeches regarding relevant historical events, such as space exploration, or related to topics like the efforts towards global peace, protection of ecology, human rights, religious freedom and atheism.
Moreover, a large number of folders is dedicated to the trips made by Pontiffs abroad, in particular the ones undertaken by John Paul II in the 80s. This portion of the series consists of detailed travel reports with an accurate description of the plans of the journey - broken down by days and activities - and a certain quantity of reproductions of the speeches addressed by the Popes to the Christian communities of the nations visited (Poland, Central America, Latin America, Czechoslovakia, Portugal, France, Germany East, Indonesia, etc.).
The series also documents the Pope's interest towards Christians living behind the Iron Curtain and the relations between the Papacy and the Church in some countries, for example Hungary, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.
In conclusion, this collection appears to be mixed in terms of topics, and the main common purpose of the folders seems to be to record the activities carried out by the Popes in order to spread the news to the Catholics living in the countries behind the Iron Curtain.
The predominant languages in the folders are Italian and English.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
The series contains printed materials of good condition.