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Lectures and Conferences

25 Mai: Public Conference Görres: Hartmut Benz speaks about espionage in the Vatican

Topic: "Ein Meisterspion im Vatikan? Das mysteriöse Leben des Prälaten Rudolf Gerlach (1886-1946)"

Hartmut Benz (Ruppichteroth), one of the best experts on the Roman Curia in the 19th/20th century, has shed light on the opaque life of the German Curia prelate Rudolf Gerlach, who came from Baden, in three articles in the Römische Quartalschrift (2021-2023) and presents the results of his research.

Beginning: 6 pm

Location: Hall Pope Benedict XVI (Campo Santo Teutonico)

For participation via Zoom please contact Stefan Heid.

Roman Notes & From the Institute

The May festival of the Bavarians in Rome

Every year, the Foundation Meeting Centre Archdiocese of Munich and Freising organises a May devotion accompanied by music and followed by a snack in the garden of the Archdiocese's Casa Santa Maria in Viale delle Medaglie d'Oro in Rome.


From around the world

14 May: Lorenzo Planzi gives his habilitation lecture

The Swiss historian Dr Lorenzo Planzi, who joined the RIGG in 2018 after spending several years in Rome for his research, will give his habilitation lecture (trial lecture) on the "sante vive" at the University of Fribourg. This refers to a religious women's movement in northern Italy in the 15th/16th century.