Human beings have always wanted to see the future; it has been the dream of mankind for centuries, but is it possible?
From the unsolved disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi in 1983 to a covert collection of documents known as the Apostolic Archives, the Vatican’s history is rife with secrets. And of all the Vatican’s supposed secrets, none may be stranger than the legend of the chronovisor.
From the 1960s to the 1990s, Father Pellegrino Ernetti claimed that he helped create a time machine called the Chronovisor, which he used to observe the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
This would be a great secret of the Vatican: a time viewer who can “tune” images of the past. It is said to have been manufactured in the 1950s, invented by Italian physicists Enrico Fermi and Pellegrino Ernetti.
The chronovisor is said to be a device that gives the user the ability to see through time. Although the existence of this device has never been proven, a 2002 book by Vatican priest Father François Brune says otherwise.
Made of cathode rays, antennas, and metals that received light and sound signals at all wavelengths, the chronovisor supposedly allowed the team of scientists to document events of the past, including the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
The machine, therefore, could validate the teachings of the Bible, simply by providing a first-hand look into the past. The chronovisor was thus more of a window into the past than a time machine. Ernetti said it worked like a television, picking up echoes of past days that had been “floating” in space, and claimed to have seen some amazing things.
Ernetti maintained until he died in 1994 that the machine had been hidden by the Vatican to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. Interestingly, the Vatican decreed in 1988 that “anyone using such an instrument would be excommunicated.”
Shortly before he died, Ernetti wrote an open letter emphatically reiterating that the device was real. He stated that:
“Pope Pius XII forbade us to reveal any details about this device because the machine was very dangerous. It can restrict man’s freedom.”
As tempting as the chronovisor may seem, many of Ernetti’s claims about it have since been debunked.
Some say that Father Pellegrino Ernetti confessed to making up the whole story before his death on April 8, 1994, but this remains highly controversial. With von Braun, Fermi, Ernetti, and Brune now dead, only the intriguing mystery remains.