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2016-05-07

'Antiquorum habet' are the first two words that could be read in the papal bull with which Pope Boniface VIII called the first Jubilee in history in 1300.

And the 'Antiquorum habet' is also the name of the exhibition in Rome reviewing the history of the Jubilees, coinciding with the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.

There are more than 500 documents that normally guard the Vatican Library, the Numismatic Museum of Zecca and Polygraph Institute of Italy.

During the first jubilees, pilgrims should visit the basilicas of St. Peter and St. Paul and absolved their sins in order to obtain the plenary indulgence.

BARBARA FRALE
Vatican Secret Archives
"For a man of the Middle Ages, being able to achieve the forgiveness of sins was fundamental, because all life was seen from the perspective of conquering happiness after death. That's why people would make those dangerous journeys, traveling great distances.”

The star of the show is the original papal bull convening of the first Jubilee. But you can also find books, stamps, paintings, coins, maps of Rome at the time. There are even television documentaries on how life was in the Eternal City during the Holy Year of 1950.

Just look at this medallion. It contains fragments of laurel leaves of the crown of Dante. The author of the Divine Comedy was one of the most illustrious pilgrims in the first Jubilee of the Year 1300.

The documents can also be viewed from far away as well, as the website has prepared for this occasion. 

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