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Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914Essays for John McManners$
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Nigel Aston

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205968

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205968.001.0001

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The British Ambassador and the Funeral of Pope Pius IX

The British Ambassador and the Funeral of Pope Pius IX

(p.365) 18 The British Ambassador and the Funeral of Pope Pius IX
Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914

Owen Chadwick

Oxford University Press

Pope Pius IX died in February 1878. He had resisted the Italian Risorgimento to the last breath of a pontificate which had gone on for longer than that of any other pope. At his death he was as unpopular in Italy as any pope since the Middle Ages had been. Yet he was revered by many Catholics throughout Europe and America, as no pope before him — partly because he was the first pope to command the modern media, and partly because he was regarded by many Catholics almost as a martyr. Forced to flee from Rome in 1848 and restored by French force of arms, he had lost most of the historic papal states, and all their prosperous towns, through invasion by the Piedmontese army in 1859–60.

Keywords:   Pope Pius IX, funeral, pontification, Catholics, papal states, Middle Ages

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