The discovery of the "Clavis Prophetarum"

Last May 30, the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon and the Pontifical Gregorian University presented the process of enhancing a key witness of António Vieira S.J.'s Clavis Prophetarum, which had been thought to be lost for about three centuries and has been identified in the Historical Archives of the Pontifical Gregorian University. The research team consists of Ana Travassos Valdez, Arnaldo do Espírito Santo, Martín M. Morales S.J., Irene Pedretti, Giulia Venezia and Maria Stella Maggio.

The presentation took place in the Amphitheater of the University of Lisbon, and was attended by a live connection from Rome Fr. Nuno da Silva Gonçalves S.J., Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Fr. Martín M. Morales S.J., Director of the Historical Archives of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Dr. Irene Pedretti, conservator and catalog manager, and Giulia Venezia, restorer.

António Vieira, S.J. (1608 - 1697) was a man of multiple facets who lived between the Americas and Europe. He was a Jesuit by training, a diplomat at the service of the new Dynasty of Braganza, a prolific author, and one of the most accomplished and respected exegetes of his time. The Clavis Prophetarum, which Vieira conceived as his most important work, is a "prophetic text that runs from one of the extremes of the then known world, the Maranhão (Brazil), to the heart of Europe, in the same way as its author's own life: from missionary in Brazil to preacher to Christina of Sweden" (M. Morales).

For more, read:

- The "original manuscript" of António Vieira S.J.'s Clavis Prophetarum
- La Clavis Prophetarum e i cigni bianchi
- La Clavis Prophetarum di Antonio Vieira S.J. (1608-1697) nell’Archivio Storico della Gregoriana

Presentation of the Clavis Prophetarum
(with English subtitles)

The Clavis Prophetarum at the Historical Archives
of the Pontifical Gregorian University



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