(Rome) -- The Vatican is opening its secret archives to the public for the first time today. Some 100 documents will be on display at Rome's Capitoline Museum. The papal documents go back 12 centuries and include things like records on the trial of Galileo, suppression of the Knights Templar and excommunication of Martin Luther. There's also correspondence with Adolf Hitler, Genghis Khan's grandson, Mozart and a host of other historical figures. One of the main features is a letter sent by British nobles to Pope Clement the 7th demanding Henry the 8th be allowed to divorce Catherine of Aragon. Archivist Enrico Flaiani says the "secret" in Secret Archive comes from the Latin for private or personal, since it's the Pope's private archive.
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