'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

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David I. Kertzer is a professor of social science, anthropology and Italian studies at Brown University.

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#1 Jan 27, 2014
One thing people don't really often understand is that Italy is a rather young country. It only formed in 1861 and Rome only became part of it in 1870. The unification of Italy only became possible by doing more with the papal states and with the pope, so that when Rome was taken away from the pope by military force in 1870, the then-Pope Pius IX proclaimed himself a prisoner of the Vatican, retreated to the Vatican, excommunicated the king and the leaders of the Italian government and forbade good Catholics from recognizing its legitimacy, running for office, or voting in parliamentary elections.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you: Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, drama queen.


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