Pope Pius VII in an age of revolution, kidnapped by Napoleon ... http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2014/02/life-pope-pius-ix-early-years-christendom-despoiled/

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Blessed Pius IX Papacy began 16 June 1846 Papacy ended 7 February 1878 Predecessor Gregory XVI Successor Leo XIII Orders Ordination 10 April 1819 Consecration 3 June 1827 by Pope Pius VIII Created Cardinal 14 December 1840 Personal details Birth name Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti Born 13 May 1792 Senigallia, Papal States Died 7 February 1878 (aged 85) Apostolic Palace, Rome, Italy

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Blessed Pope Pius IX was the longest-reigning elected Pope in the history of the Catholic Church. During his pontificate, he convened the First Vatican Council, which decreed papal infallibility. The Pope defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In addition to this, Pius IX was also the last Pope to rule as the Sovereign of the Papal States, which fell completely to Italian nationalist armies and were incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy.

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Pope Pius IX - from the first part of a penetrating 19th century biography of his life and times. Here: -http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2014/02/life-pope-pius-ix-early-years-christendom-despoiled/

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On Bl. Pius IX and the Counter Revolution ... http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2014/02/life-pope-pius-ix-counter-revolution-syllabus-of-errors/

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Rendition of the coat of arms of Pope Pius IX with supporters: two angels, each holding a papal cross.

Bl. Pius IX - from a piece about him and the annexation of the Papal States ... http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2014/02/life-pope-pius-ix-annexation-papal-states-dogma-immaculate-conception/

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