Vatican Archives offer tours for select guests
May 28, 2010
In a rare nod toward public opinion, the Vatican Secret Archives has offered tours to journalists and selected guests, giving them a realistic picture of the operation as an antidote to the sensationalized fictional version offered by novelist Dan Brown. The archives are crowded, understaffed, and rely on "disarmingly old-fashioned technology."
[The Telegraph headline is somewhat misleading, because the archives have long been open to scholarly research. The new development is the opening of the archives for a few tours.]