Daily Rome Shot 326

Help the Benedictines of Norcia build their monastery!

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Thank you for introducing me to the Tomb of Pius VII, which Wikipedia tells me Cardinal Ercole Consalvi “secured the Protestant artist Thorwaldsen’s right to create”, “the only work by a non-Catholic in St. Peter’s Basilica” – a sculptor who seems long to have been very popular and successful in Rome, and has certainly produced a fine statue of the Holy Father, here.

    Sadly for many of us, Cardinal Consalvi’s memoirs do not seem to be available in English (though I’d be grateful to learn I had not searched well enough), but Wikipedia happily notes that, after Cardinal Consalvi “was required to resign in June 1806 as Cardinal Secretary of State” (due to “his firm stance against the Napoleonic government”), “Cardinal Bartolomeo Pacca, who was kidnapped along with Pope Pius VII, took the office of Pro-Secretary of State in 1808 and maintained his memoirs during his exile. His memoirs, written originally in Italian, have been translated into English (two volumes) and describe the ups and down of their exile and the triumphant return to Rome in 1814” – and Wikipedia provides links to scans of both volumes in the Internet Archive.

  2. grateful says:

    sounds like the makings of a great movie

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