Zelo domus Dei

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The Zelo domus Dei was published on August 20, 1650 by Pope Innocent X in the Typographia Reverendae Camerae Apostolicae as an official poster print. With the papal breve dating back to November 26, 1648 , the Pope retrospectively rejected the religious provisions of the Treaty of Westphalia .

The Pope protested against the wording of the Osnabrück Peace Instrument with his breve, which at the time was incorrectly referred to as a bull, and declared the treaties null and void in all their religious provisions. The papal protest stands in the context of the papal interest in continuing to campaign for the recovery and preservation of the old confessional situation in Germany.

Furthermore, the papal curia was of the opinion that this peace agreement would violate the ecclesiastical rights of the Catholic Church . At the same time, it was decidedly against the influence of Protestants in Germany. In his protest breve, the Pope declared "by virtue of apostolic authority that the article of the Peace of Westphalia is void, invalid, unfair, unjust, condemned, rejected, in vain, lacking strength and success for all future, nobody is obliged to comply with it."


  • Michael F. Feldkamp : The Breve "Zelo domus Dei" from November 26, 1648. Edition. In: Archivum Historiae Pontificiae. Vol. 31, 1993, ISSN  0066-6785 , pp. 293-305.
  • Konrad Repgen : Three Corollaries for the Breve "Zello Domus Dei" (November 26, 1648). In: Archivum Historiae Pontificiae. Vol. 33, 1995, pp. 315-333.

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