Conference to explore early Christian history

Fr Bernard Ardura (CNS/Paul Haring)

A Vatican conference will gather both Christian and non-Christian historians and experts to delve deep into the history of the Church in the first centuries of Christianity. Source: NCR Online.

Norbertine Father Bernard Ardura, president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, said the conference program was inspired by Pope Francis, who urged him “to work with scholars from all scientific backgrounds, from the most varied cultural sensibilities and from the most diverse historiographical methods”.

“Pope Francis insisted on the need for the committee to promote a fruitful collaboration in the scientific field, not only with Catholic academic institutions, but as well as with all historians and specialists in auxiliary sciences of history who are ready to work together in the search for the truth, taking into account only their scientific expertise,” Fr Ardura said.

The three-day “Inquiry into the history of the first centuries of the Church” conference, which begins today, will bring scholars from across Europe as well as India, Iraq, China and the United States to focus particularly on the first two centuries of Christianity.

Fr Ardura emphasised the importance of the conference in studying the Church’s history and searching for truth no matter where it may lead.

“We will not arrive at certain conclusions,” Fr Ardura said. “We want to give space to researchers who in various disciplines have acquired knowledge” of early Christian history.


Vatican conference convenes experts to study early Christian history (By Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS via NCR Online

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