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Abbreviations used in this collection


Archivio Storico 'de Propaganda Fide' (Engl: Historical Archives 'de Propaganda Fide')


Archivio Segreto Vaticano (Engl: Vatican Secret Archives)


Congregatio Exaltatae Crucis (Fr: Congrégation de l'Exaltation Sainte Croix; Engl: Congregation of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross); later known as a ‘company’ (compagnie, compagnia), rather than ‘congregation’.


The Congregation of the Mission

Cong.Concilio, Libri Litter.

Congregazione Concilio, Libri Litterarum (in ASV)

Cong.Concilio, Libri Litter. Visit. SS. Liminum

Congregazione Concilio, Libri Littererarum Visitationum Sacrorum Liminum (in ASV)

Cong.Concilio, Relat.Dioec.

Congregazione Concilio, Relationes Dioecesium (in ASV)

Cong. Vesc. Pos. Episc.

Congregazione Vescovi e Regolari, Positiones Episcoporum (in ASV)

Cong. Vesc. Reg. Episc.

Congregazione Vescovi e Regolari, Registra Episcoporum (in ASV)


Congregazioni particolari (in APF)

gen. cong.

A general meeting of the members of PF, during which a long list of issues was usually discussed (most of these issues were raised in letters and petitions addressed to the PF by a variety of people, from nuncios to missionaries and slaves). The minutes of these meetings are kept in the Acta collection of the APF; the letters and petitions, mostly in the SOCG collection (but others as well).


Lettere e decreti della Sacra Congregazione e Biglietti di Monsignor Segretario (in APF)


Miscellanee diverse (in APF)

part. cong.

A “particular” meeting (congregazione particolare) of PF’s members, dedicated to the discussion of only one specific topic (as opposed to the general meetings described above).

PF (or SCPF)

Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide (Engl: Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith)


Sacra Congregatio Episcoporum et Regularium (Engl: Sacred Congregation of Bishops and Regulars); in ASV


Scritture riferite nei Congressi (Engl: Documents referred to in the weekly meetings).


Sacra Congregatio Concilii [Sacra Congregatio Cardinalium Concilii Tridentini Interpretum] (Engl: Sacred Congregation of the Council); in ASV


Scritture originali riferite nelle congregazioni generali (Engl: Original papers discussed in general congregations [of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith]); in APF


Scritture Riferite nei Congressi (in APF)