Presentada la primera fase de treballs de catalogació i digitalització de l’Arxiu Capitular de la Catedral de Tarragona

To place within reach of investigators and users the digitalized documentation of the Capitular Archives of the Cathedral of Tarragona via the web This was the principal objective which Mn Manuel. M. Fuentes canon archiver of the Cathedral and director of the Archdiocesan Historic Archives, pointed out during the presentation of the first phase of the work of cataloguing and digitalization of the Capitular Archives. The act was presided over by Mn. Joaquim Fortuny, vicar general of the archdiocese, and took place on Wednesday 17th April in the Santa Tecla lecture hall of the Tarraconensian Centre ‘El Seminari’ and counted with the presence of the the vice-president of the Diputacion of Tarragona, Albert Vallvé, the director of the Territorial Services for Culture of the Generalitat of Catalunya, Jordi Agràs, and representatives of the Port of Tarragona among others.

Neus Sanchez Pie, responsible for the cataloguing of the Capitular Archives of Tarragona (ACT), gave a brief outline on the history of this Archive, first referenced in 1389. She remarked that the project was viable due to co-operation signed in 2011 between the Archbishopric of Tarragona, the Authority and the Archdiocesan Historic Archives, which permitted the start of new cataloguing and the informalitization of existing documents. “At these heights have been catalogued four fonts which are the Cathedral (772 documents), the Capitular (613 documents), the community of priests (23 documents) and the musical fonts, under the charge of a professor of the UAB. Actually 1.412 documents”, explained Sanchez Pie.

Mn. Miquel Barbarà, dean of the Capitular of the Cathedral of Tarragona congratulated Mn Manuel M. Fuentes and his team noting the professional way the work had been pursued. Mn Barbara added that the Cathedral “has not only been a place of worship but also important in the diffusion of culture from generation to generation. This cataloguing and digitalization is important for the church and for society”.

Mn. Joaquim Fortuny, before closing the act, appreciated the work realised stating that it was important for the future, a step forward in favour of culture.

Acte en benefici dels cristians de Terra Santa

The Tarraconensian Centre ‘El Seminari’  held on Friday 12th April the III Conference and Easter Concert, organized jointly by the Group of Associations of Holy Week at Tarragona and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre at Jerusalem.

The Conference entitled “The Holy Grail, Myth or Reality” was given by Dr Jorge Manuel Rodriguez Almenar, president of The National Centre for Sindology and professor at the University of Valencia in the Santa Tecla lecture room of the Centre.

Later in the Saint Paul Cloister a concert was held, given by the Junior Choir of the Schola Cantorum of the friends of the Cathedral. The collection taken during the act was to benefit the Christians of the Holy Land.

Presentat el llibre ‘Tarraco christiana ciuitas’, una reflexió interdisciplinar sobre el patrimoni paleocristià a Tarragona

At the hall of acts of the Tarraconension Centre, ‘El Seminari’  on Thursday 4th April was held the presentation of the Book “Tarraco cristiana ciutas” charged by Dr Joaquin Ruiz de Arbulo, catedratic of the University Rovira i Virgili (URV) and investigator at the Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICAC) who defined the work as “book of books with twelve chapters of great importance and with  magnificent results.

The work collects the papers from the course “Historia y Arqueologia cristiana de Tarraco” organised by the Institute of Superior Religious Sciences, Saint Fructuosus (INSAF), the Biblical Museum and ICAC in 2010, which converts into an interdisciplinary reflexion which affronts the historical complexity of events leading to the end of the classical world preceeding the medieval period. Also detailed is the historiographical  evolution of Christian archaeology, including the latest ideas and expanding future objectives of investigation.

The act was presided over by Archbishop Mons. Jaume Pujol, and counted with the presence of the lieutenant of culture from the Town Hall at Tarragona, Carme Crespo, the vice-rector of the Political Academy and Investigation of the URV, Dr Jose Manuel Ricart Pla, the vice-director of the INSAF, Mn. Rafael Serra, the director of the Tarraconensian Centre `El Seminari¨, Marisa Jimenez, and the editors of the book Josep M. Macias and Andreu Muñoz.

One of the editors of the book Josep M. Macias, explained that with this work have been united three distinct fields  as are investigation, teaching and socialization. “A useful tool on the palaeo-christian world of Tarragona, which will shortly form a part of library interchange with three hundred centres, and in another year ICAC will make it free via internet”.

In closing the act the archbishop alerted that initiatives such as this continued to favour our society and our church.