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Roman Notes

Dr Hans-Albert Courtial's Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra is staging a concert series for sacred music in the great basilicas of Rome for the 22nd time. Works by Mozart, Perosi, Beethoven and Carissimi will be performed. Anyone who can make it should not miss these concerts.


With the support of the RIGG, a study day will be held on Tuesday 31 October at the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology on the Augustinian relict and late humanist Onofrio Panvinio (1530-1568) from Verona, who played a significant role in the study of Roman antiquities through his publications. The opening lecture will be given by Ingo Herklotz.

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On Wednesday 8 November, the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology will open its academic year 2023/24 (not on 6 Nov as originally planned). On this occasion, the book "Cento anni del Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana - discipline e docenti" (ed. by Chiara Cecalupo and S. Heid) dedicated to him will be presented to the Grand Chancellor, Cardinal Tolentino de Mendonca.  


In 1977, the first Joseph Ratzinger of students was established, which was expanded in 2008 by the New Circle. Every year, students and theologians meet for a study day. The lectures of this year's conference at the end of September in Rome can now be viewed online. Speakers include Cardinal Kurt Koch, Markus Graulich, Vincent Twomey, Sven Conrad and Ralph Weimann. In occasion of the meeting many participants visit the study library Joseph Ratzinger in the Campo Santo Teutonico.

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On 7 October, the 6th Catacombs Day will take place in Rome and far beyond in Lazio, Abruzzo, Sicily and Sardinia. There will be guided tours, but also activities for children.


The Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology will open the new academic year on 6 November at 9.30 a.m. with Holy Mass in S. Prassede with Grand Chancellor Cardinal Mendonca. Afterwards the book "Cento anni del Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana" will be presented. 3 November is the last day of enrolment as a new student. The printed programme contains all the information, including the chronicle of the past year.


The new President of the Pontifical Committee of Historical Sciences is the Jesuit Marek Inglot from the Gregorian University.

The new Undersecretary of the Dicastery for Culture and Education is the Jesuit Antonio Spadaro of the "Civiltà Cattolica".

The papal delegate for the Urbaniana University is the former rector of the Lateran University Vincenzo Buonomo.

Deacon Zlatko Brauchler of the diocese Cassano, born into a Danube Swabian family, attended grammar school in Wolfratshausen (Bavaria), studied in Zagreb 2016-2018 and Rome and is a member of the RIGG. Cardinal Kurt Koch, also a member of the RIGG, will perform the ordination at St Peter's on 7 October.