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The Church and Political Government Pope Pius IX

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One point incidentally. Do share the contents of this letter with your friends, as there is nothing private and the religious ideas need to percolate through the impressionable minds of the young students like you. A good idea has the potency to transform the life of an individual by providing the correct direction and destination.
Pope Pius IX was born with the name of GIOVANNI MARIA MASTAI-FERRETTI on May 13, 1792, in Senigallia, Italy. He was the fourth son of Count Jerome and Countess Catherine Vollazi. He spent some time at the College of Piarists in Volterra. His ambition was to join the Pontifical guard as an officer, but his problem was he suffered from epilepsy. He overcame the malady, recouped his original health and was ordained priest in 1819. On the death of Pope Gregory XVI (June 1, 1846) the College of Cardinals met in conclave on the 14th of June. But their deliberations were destined to last but a short while. for, on the 16th of June, Cardinal Mastai Ferretti had already obtained the requisite two-thirds majority, and ascended the papal chair under the title of Pius IX. (Pope Pius IX….) Having worked in various capacities, he was eminently suited to tackle the many socio-religious issues that confronted the Church during his fairly long tenure. It is necessary for the security of all countries that no state interests should be mixed up with the administration of his supreme pastoral duties. If he were in the position of a subject, there would be a danger lest the temporal ruler of his country should seek his own personal aggrandizement through the influence exercised by the Pope, who humanly speaking, would be under his control.(110) His first great political act was the granting of a general amnesty to political exiles and prisoners on 16 July 1846.