From the still-unsolved abduction of Emanuela Orlandi in 1983 to a mysterious collection of papers known as the Apostolic Archive, the Vatican seems to be shrouded in darkness. The Chronovisor’s sci-fi mythos, on the other hand, has to be the strangest of the Vatican’s alleged secrets.
Although a 2002 book by Vatican priest Father François Brune asserts otherwise, the existence of the Chronovisor, which is believed to be a device that can see into the past, has never been proved.
According to Brune, the Chronovisor was created by Benedictine monk Father Pellegrino Ernetti. Ernetti is said to have kept the device concealed until the early 1960s, when he informed Brune that it had been created with the help of 12 specialists, including prominent physicist Enrico Fermi and former Nazi scientist Wernher von Braun.
The Chronovisor, which was constructed of cathode rays, antennae, and metals that received sound and light signals at all wavelengths, supposedly enabled the team of scientists to record historical events such as the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. As a consequence, the machine may be able to verify the Bible’s teachings simply by providing a glimpse into the past.
The Chronovisor was allegedly designed by a NASA engineer.
In 1938, Enrico Fermi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his role in the invention of the Chronovisor.
The de facto authority on the Chronovisor is Brune’s 2002 book, Le Nouveau Mystère du Vatican. In the early 1960s, Brune tells how he met Father Ernetti on a boat ride along Venice’s Grand Canal. Ernetti, like Brune, was well-versed in the history of ancient languages, allowing for comfortable conversation. However, Ernetti quickly turned the topic of their chat to science.
Brune was debating the many interpretations of the Christian Bible when Ernetti said that he had access to the truth thanks to a time-traveling device.
Ernetti said that he and a group of well-known scientists worked together to uncover the past. Enrico Fermi, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1938, and Wernher von Braun, an ex-Nazi whose work at NASA drove America to the moon, were the two scientists.
According to Ernetti, the equipment had numerous antennas, three of which were made of “abnormal” metals that took up sound and light waves over their whole spectrums.
The “direction finder” on the equipment was said to be tuned into the exact period one wanted to see, while a screen displayed it and a recording mechanism gathered the footage.
As a consequence, the Chronovisor was more of a time machine than a window into the past. Ernetti said it worked like a television, picking up “floating” echoes from the past, and he claimed to have seen some fantastic sights.
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Ernetti was present during Marcus Tullius Cicero’s speech to the Roman Senate in 63 B.C. “His gestures, his intonation,” Ernetti added. “How powerful they were!” What oratory flights are you talking about?” Ernetti continued to make more bold claims, such as seeing the execution of Jesus Christ.
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His claim was published in the Italian daily La Domenica del Corriere on May 2, 1972. The article, headed “A Machine That Photographs the Past Has Finally Been Invented,” included Ernetti’s remarkable comments for the rest of Italy to read.
The website also published an alleged Chronovisor picture that Ernetti said showed the Romans crucifying Jesus Christ, along with the presumably dubious charges. According to the 1972 article, Ernetti saw the Last Supper and kept a picture of it as a souvenir.
Until his death in 1994, Ernetti claimed that the machine had been hidden by the Vatican to keep it out of the wrong hands. Surprisingly, in 1988, the Vatican declared that “anyone who uses such a gadget would be excommunicated.”
Shortly before his death, Ernetti wrote an open letter confirming unequivocally that the device was genuine. “Pope Pius XII forbade us from sharing any details about this device since it was very dangerous,” he said. It has the capability of restricting man’s freedom.”
As appealing as the Chronovisor may look, many of Ernetti’s claims about it have now been debunked. Skeptics say his putative image of Jesus is a low-cost duplicate of a statue in an Umbrian church. According to another newspaper, the picture was merely a reversed image of Jesus from a postcard manufactured in Collevalenza, Italy.
More objections of Ernetti’s claims were published in 1996 in the Paracelsus journal. The article inquired as to why Ernetti had not provided comprehensive instructions on how to manufacture the device to substantiate his claims. The Chronovisor’s design was also strikingly similar to a similar device in a 1947 sci-fi thriller, according to the article.
Some say Father Pellegrino Ernetti admitted to creating the whole story before his death on April 8, 1994, however this is hotly questioned. Only the fascinating question remains after the deaths of von Braun, Fermi, Ernetti, and Brune.
As a result, the Chronovisor has remained a Vatican mystery over the years.