of JCEP archivists:
In July 2019 a proposal was made to organise a meeting
of European archivists at KADOC (Leuven, Belgium) in the year 2020, with the
aim of promoting collaboration and networking between the Society’s archives in
Europe. Due to the COVID crisis, we decided in April 2020 to suspend the
meeting in Leuven, and to have instead an “online meeting” of two days, 29 and
30 September 2020. From that moment on, we worked on the preparation of this
meeting via email and TEAMS conversations with the archivists.
The virtual meeting of the European archivists took
place 29-30 September 2020. The participants included 13 archivists of the
JCEP, Fr Franck Janin (President of JCEP), and ARSI staff. On the second day, a
proposal was made to prepare a list of some materials in our various archives
for the period 1939-1958 (considering that the Vatican Apostolic Archives made documents
from the pontificate of Pius XII accessible in February 2020). This proposal was
received with enthusiasm.
The evaluation of the online meeting was positive. In
particular, the archivists were impressed by the presentation made by Christian
Taoutel, of the Beirut archive, showing the damage caused by the explosion in
the harbour in August 2020 and the work that remains to be done.
I am happy and satisfied with this new step towards collaboration
between the Society’s archives and I hope we can continue on this path. Virtual
meetings with the Asia-Pacific and Latin American Conferences are being planned