Vatican City, 12 April 2014 (VIS) – “The study of history indeed represents one of the paths for the impassioned search for the truth, which has always pervaded man's soul”, said the Pope in his audience with the participants in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. “Your research, marked both by a genuine passion for the Church and by sincere love for the truth, can be of great help to those who have the task of discerning what the Holy Spirit wants to say to today's Church. ... In your encounter and collaboration with researchers from every culture and religion, you can offer a specific contribution to the dialogue between the Church and the contemporary world”.
At the end of the meeting, Pope Francis commented on one of the initiatives planned by the Committee, the international conference to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, and recalled the prophetic words of Benedict XV in his letter of August 1917 to the leaders of the warring nations: “Nothing is lost by peace; everything may be lost by war”.