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Monday, June 25, 2012

Photographed Somewhere in Rome

What does this image represent?  Best answer gets the MOJ honorary gold star.

Concilium Oecumenicum

UPDATE: The commenters seem to be on to it.  Gold stars all around.  I will make the next one more challenging.


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It is the coat of arms of Blessed John XXIII on a book from the Second Vatican Council.

Posted by: Fr. J | Jun 25, 2012 11:55:00 AM

Grainy photogaph of the apostolic constitution Humanae Salutis?

Posted by: dfb | Jun 25, 2012 11:56:33 AM

I embarrassingly didn't know the name of the bull, but my guess would definitely the constitution convoking the Second Vatican Council, which is Humanae salutis. In fact, although the text in the photograph is very difficult to read, you can see the citation to Matthew 228:20 and that the following word begins with a "Q," probably "quae." A quick comparison to the official text online shows such an arrangement at the beginning of H.s.

Posted by: Titus | Jun 25, 2012 12:44:26 PM

Not just the Second Vatican Council, but all the Councils of the Church.

Posted by: CK | Jun 25, 2012 1:50:06 PM

...but all the Councils of the Church, beginning with Nicea.

Posted by: CK | Jun 25, 2012 1:51:06 PM

No, look at the Latin. It is Vatican II.

Posted by: Fr. J | Jun 25, 2012 5:40:05 PM

The page is Vatican II (as everyone has correctly said), but I do not know what is contained in previous pages of the volume. That is, I don't know whether there is a single volume which contains announcements of previous councils, and CK may be right that earlier councils are included in previous pages.

Posted by: Marc DeGirolami | Jun 25, 2012 5:51:46 PM

I am wondering if you were able to determine if anything was lost in translation?

Posted by: N.D. | Jun 25, 2012 9:52:36 PM

Do I get the gold star?

Posted by: Fr. J | Jun 26, 2012 11:48:21 AM

Fr. J, in my magnanimity I have awarded gold stars to everyone. You mustn't be greedy.

Posted by: Marc DeGirolami | Jun 26, 2012 11:53:01 AM

Well okay as long as I am included.

Posted by: Fr. J | Jun 26, 2012 10:12:57 PM

CK is right, the prior ecumenical councils are listed on the left-hand page. But they are there as part of the illumination, context as it were for the announcement of the new council. It would be very unusual to have 17 centuries of concilar bulls collected in a single volume.

Posted by: Titus | Jun 27, 2012 3:11:25 PM

Titus, there is at least one book:


Posted by: N.D. | Jun 30, 2012 9:03:49 AM