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  • Edgardo Mortara Kidnapped from Jewish Family after Secret Baptism (1858)
    on 06/22/2018 at 10:00 pm

    Mortara, the son of a Jewish couple living in the Papal States, was secretly baptized Catholic as an infant by a panicked servant during an infantile illness. The baptism was deemed valid by the Catholic Church and, because canon law forbade non-Christians from raising Christian children, Pope Pius IX ordered the six-year-old Mortara to be taken to Rome as […]